Navigation Road station

Navigation Road
A Northern Rail train calling at the heavy rail platform
Place Altrincham
Local authority Trafford
Coordinates 53°23′43″N 2°20′36″W / 53.3953°N 2.3433°W / 53.3953; -2.3433Coordinates: 53°23′43″N 2°20′36″W / 53.3953°N 2.3433°W / 53.3953; -2.3433
Grid reference SJ772888
Station code NVR
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 85,890
2013/14 93,994
2014/15 0.106 million
2015/16 0.107 million
2016/17 0.106 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Navigation Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Navigation Road is a station that serves both Northern and Manchester Metrolink located in the east of Altrincham, in Greater Manchester, England. It consists of a Northern-operated heavy rail station on the Mid-Cheshire Line, and an adjoining light rail stop on the Altrincham Line of Greater Manchester's Metrolink network. The original heavy rail element of the station was opened by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway in 1931, and the Metrolink element opened in 1992. A level crossing operates at the southern end of the station.


The station originally opened on 20 July 1931 on the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR) following the electrification of that line, and was referred to as Navigation Road (Altrincham) on early tickets, timetables, etc. British Rail electric trains between Manchester and Altrincham ceased serving the station on 24 December 1991. The former Altrincham-bound (down) platform has since been used for Mid-Cheshire Line trains and the former Manchester-bound (up) platform reopened as a Metrolink stop on 15 June 1992. Freight trains also operate through Navigation Road, including heavy block trains carrying limestone from quarries at Tunstead (near Buxton) to alkali works at Northwich.


There is a car park on the Metrolink side of the station with 65 spaces plus 5 disabled spaces.[1]

In January 2018 a ticket machine was installed within the shelter on the heavy rail side of the station. Pre-ordered tickets can be collected here as well as buying tickets for journeys from this station.



Navigation Road is served by an hourly train service between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester via Stockport and Northwich, which is run by Northern, with additional trains at peak times.[2] The Sunday service originally ran only between Chester and Altrincham thus not serving Navigation Road, with passengers connecting onto the Metrolink at Altrincham for stations to Manchester, however a 2-hourly Sunday service to Manchester and beyond is now in place.

Navigation Road
A M5000 Metrolink tram leaving Navigation Road for Altrincham
Navigation Road
Location of Navigation Road in Greater Manchester
Place Altrincham
Local authority Trafford
Coordinates 53°23′43″N 2°20′36″W / 53.39528°N 2.34333°W / 53.39528; -2.34333
Platforms 1
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone G
Present status In operation
Original operator Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Post-grouping company Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Opened 20 July 1931 (1931-07-20)
Closed as rail station 25 December 1991
Conversion to Metrolink operation 15 June 1992
UK Trams portal

Navigation Road is located on the Altrincham Line with trams towards Altrincham stopping every 6 minutes during the day, Mondays to Saturdays, every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays. Trams also head towards Etihad Campus and Bury, with the Monday to Saturday daytime service running every 12 minutes each to Etihad Campus or Bury, while evening and Sundays journeys run to Etihad Campus only.[3]

Service pattern

  • 10 trams per hour to Altrincham (5 offpeak)
  • 5 trams per hour to Bury (peak only)
  • 5 trams per hour to Piccadilly


Navigation Road station is served by service 20, which runs to Altrincham and to Timperley Grange. The Monday-Saturday daytime service is run by Manchester Community Transport and continues to Wythenshawe Hospital. Evening and Sunday journeys are provided by M Travel[4]


  1. "Metrolink Stop Information". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. "Northern Rail timetable 17" (PDF). Northern Rail. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  3. "Metrolink - Tram Times - Navigation Road". Metrolink. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  4. "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013.

Further reading

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2013). Chester Northgate to Manchester. Middleton Press. figs. 86-87. ISBN 9781908174512. OCLC 892704846. 

Preceding station   Manchester Metrolink   Following station
Altrincham – Bury Line
towards Bury
Altrincham – Piccadilly Line
towards Piccadilly
National Rail
Altrincham   Northern
Mid-Cheshire Line
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