Fact Sheet: The Station


  • The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - officially opened the Station on Friday 30 January 2004
  • Manchester Airport’s 60 million ground transport interchange enables seamless travel into the heart of the airport by bus, coach, train and tram
  • The complex is built around the airport’s railway station, which opened in 1993 at a cost of 28 million – located centrally to the airports 3 terminals.
  • There are shops and catering outlets and an 83,000 sq ft, six-storey office block, 4M
  • It is the first ground transport interchange of its kind to be built in the UK and supports Government policy to improve public transport
  • By 2015 annual passenger numbers at the airport are expected to reach 40 million. Our target is for 40% of all passenger and airport worker journeys to be made on public transport
  • In October 2002 4M was awarded a rating of ‘excellent’ under the BREEAM scheme (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)
  • The 60 million project was part funded by a 3.877 million Euro grant from the European Union Trans-European Network Schemes programme – a fund set up to promote integrated transport projects
  • Further funding, worth 3.45 million, was provided from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities’ Transport Infrastructure Fund to cover the cost of the sophisticated interactive passenger information system
  • Main project partners were: Manchester Airport, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, the Strategic Rail Authority, Network Rail and First North Western (representing the train operators)
  • The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened a third railway platform on 08 January 2009. The project began in Summer 2007, costing a total of 15 million to complete.
  • Since its opening in 1993, Manchester Aiport, alongside its partners, has invested over 100 million in the public transport facilities that service the airport.
  • The number of passengers using the train has steadily risen as the Airport has grown and in 2007/08, around 2.5 million rail journeys were made to the Airport.