TfGM confirms Manchester’s late-night trams will continue into the new year

It comes after their reintroduction has been "proving popular" over the last few months.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd December 2023

Manchester’s late-night tram services that were reintroduced a couple of months back will continue into 2024, it has been confirmed.

After proving popular since their highly-anticipated – and publically demanded – reintroduction back in September, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has confirmed that the late-night services will continue to run until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays in 2024.

This will include several double trams operating between Altrincham-Etihad Campus, Bury-Piccadilly, and to East Didsbury.

The confirmation of the continuation of the well-received services comes as TfGM has also announced this week that more frequent and extended Metrolink services are being introduced in the new year too, in a bid to cater for and meet increased public demand – with the number of passengers travelling by tram across Greater Manchester continuing to grow, and some now even reaching the same levels as pre-pandemic.

This means that, from Tuesday 2 January 2024, a revamped timetable will see a new six-minute service between Etihad Campus and Manchester city centre from 7am until the end of service, which will be made possible by extending Altrincham-Piccadilly services to the Etihad Campus at the following times:

  • After the termination of MediaCityUK-Etihad Campus peak service (after 8pm Monday to Friday, and after 6:30pm on Saturdays) until the end of service
  • All-day on Sundays

There will also be an uplift in the number of trams operating on the Altrincham and Bury lines too, after TfGM says it has seen “encouraging signs of passenger growth”, with double trams set to operate between the newly-extended Altrincham-Etihad Campus service, as well as Bury-Piccadilly services, once 2024 arrives.

Manchester’s late-night trams will continue into the new year / Credit: Matthew Waring (via Unsplash)

Between Monday and Saturday, double trams will operate from the start of service on the Bury-Piccadilly and Altrincham-Piccadilly lines, with doubles introduced on Altrincham-Etihad Campus services after 6:30pm too.


And then on Sundays, there’ll be a mixture of single and double trams – with the majority being doubles – between Altrincham-Etihad Campus, and Bury-Piccadilly.

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, says he’s “delighted” that more Metrolink services are being added in the new year, as the public transport system “provides a vital connection” for people travelling between the north and south of the region.

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“These changes, combined with the late-night trams, will provide a real boost to regular passengers,” he concluded.

Featured Image – Jakob Cotton (via Unsplash)