Planned engineering works will be getting underway for 3 months on the Eccles Metrolink line later this month – with a replacement bus service introduced for some journeys on the route.

The essential maintenance works are set to run from Saturday 16 July to Friday 21 October, with tram services running as normal between Ashton and MediaCityUK via the city centre. However, a like-for-like bus replacement service will operate between Eccles and MediaCityUK while the works take place. 

The section of line will close after the final service on Friday 15 July and will reopen for the start of service on Saturday 22 October.

This work is part of Metrolink’s planned track renewal programme and represents the third phase of activity on the Eccles line this year. The work will see the replacement of worn rails in a number of locations between Eccles and MediaCityUK and the works are essential to keep the line safe for passengers.

TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Daniel Vaughan said: “The Eccles line is undergoing a planned programme of essential maintenance works to replace the 20-year-old rails and ensure we can continue to operate a safe and reliable service for years to come.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience we know this partial closure of the Eccles line will cause, but we will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption.

“We’ll have a bus replacement service in place, staff out along the line and contractors working around the clock to complete this project as soon as possible. I’d encourage customers using the network to plan ahead and allow extra time when making their journey.”

Metrolink staff will be around at key locations, at busier times to help you to make your journey and passengers can visit the dedicated travel advice page to find information on alternative travel options to help passengers plan their journey.

For all the latest information on the route upgrade works and latest travel guidance, customers should visit