Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 Trains and Trams in Tameside

Christmas and New Year train and tram service information for passengers in Tameside and surrounding area

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Following on East of the M60’s look at Yuletide buses in the Tameside area, we turn our attention to local trains and trams.

Besides being a good time for seeing your relatives, the Yuletide period is also a popular time for engineering works. As always there will be a Sunday service on the trams on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Which is good news for Curzon Ashton fans taking a short trip to Ashton West.

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Metrolink Service Summary:

18 – 23, and 27 – 29 December 2017: normal weekday service.

Christmas Eve: normal Sunday service. Last trams from Manchester city centre will depart at around 2100 hours.

Christmas Day: no service.

Boxing Day: Sunday service, plus extra trams for Manchester United’s Premier League fixture against Burnley.

New Year’s Eve: Sunday service with later finishing times. Last trams from Manchester city centre will leave at around 0100 hours (New Year’s Day 2018).

New Year’s Day 2018: Sunday service.

02 – 05 January 2018: normal services resume.

06 January 2018: normal Saturday service.

07 January 2018: normal Sunday service.

Rail Service Summary:

18 – 23, and 27 – 29 December 2017: normal weekday service. Some early morning will not be operating on the 27 December, whereas the 28 and 29 December will see changes to late night trains.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: normal Sunday service till 1900 onwards.

Christmas Day: no service.

Boxing Day: no service. Passengers between Ashton-under-Lyne or Hyde and Manchester should make use of Stagecoach Manchester’s journeys on the 201, 204, 216, and 219 services. Alternatively, there is a Sunday service on the trams.

New Year’s Day 2018: weekday service with some changes due to engineering works.

02 – 05 January 2018: normal services resume.

06 January 2018: normal Saturday service.

07 January 2018: normal Sunday service.

Please note that engineering works will be taking place between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road station on Christmas Eve, the 27 December, 30 December, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. From the 27 December to New Year’s Day, there will also be engineering works in Liverpool.

All of the above will affect timetables on Transpennine Express services from Stalybridge to Liverpool Lime Street. Expect some diversions and a bus replacement service for part of your journey.

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Web links:

  • Metrolink: for full details on the trams this Christmas time, and the rest of the year.

Football fixtures during the Christmas period:

If you’ve missed our round-up on the Christmas bus times, here’s a look at the football fixtures within Tameside and surrounding area. All kick-off times are 3pm unless stated otherwise.

  • 23 December 2017: Curzon Ashton v. Stockport County;
  • 23 December 2017: Altrincham v. Matlock Town;
  • 23 December 2017: Stalybridge Celtic v. Rushall Olympic;
  • 23 December 2017: Hyde United v. Scarborough Athletic;
  • 23 December 2017: Mossley v. Kendal Town;
  • 23 December 2017: Radcliffe Borough v. Droylsden;
  • 23 December 2017: Manchester City v. AFC Bournemouth (1730);
  • 26 December 2017: Manchester United v. Burnley (extra trams on the Altrincham line for Old Trafford);
  • 26 December 2017: FC United of Manchester v. Salford City;
  • 26 December 2017: Stockport County v. Alfreton Town;
  • 26 December 2017: Ashton United v. Stalybridge Celtic;
  • 26 December 2017: Droylsden v. Hyde United;
  • 26 December 2017: Glossop North End v. Mossley;
  • 30 December 2017: Ashton United v. Sutton Coldfield Town;
  • 30 December 2017: Droylsden v. Ossett Town;
  • 30 December 2017: Glossop North End v. Skelmersdale United;
  • 01 January 2018: Curzon Ashton v. Bradford Park Avenue;
  • 01 January 2018: Salford City v. FC United of Manchester;
  • 01 January 2018: Altrincham v. Witton Albion;
  • 01 January 2018: Stalybridge Celtic v. Lancaster City;
  • 01 January 2018: Hyde United v. Glossop North End;
  • 01 January 2018: Mossley v. Droylsden.

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Finally…

As always, If there’s any additions to the above article, feel free to add them to this post.

S.V., 21 December 2017.

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