Travel Plan

AJ BELL Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Eccles M30 7LJ


• Less than 500 metres from Junction 11 of the M60
• Two miles from the Trafford Centre
• Within 500 metres of the City Airport
• Eight miles from Manchester City Centre

The stadium is the first phase of major redevelopment of the area.

By road:

The stadium is located at Barton close to Junction 11 of the M60 on the A57 Liverpool Road


"We had a fantastic time at the Wasps LV game and found journey from Manchester Piccadilly to the AJBell Stadium so easy. From Piccadilly station we got the tram to Eccles, very comfortable, quick clean and efficient."

"As we left the tram the taxi rank was 20 yards away where we jumped in a black cab and paid £3.50 and got dropped off at the door of the stadium"

Michael Tinnion and David Petch

"Started parking at the Trafford Centre and catching the free shuttle bus. Great initiative by the club and very user friendly."
Brian Campbell


While the roadworks are being finalised to build a new direct access to the ground from the Trafford Centre area we advise supporters to make every effort to arrive at least two hours prior to kick-off and enjoy our pre-match entertainment.

Parking at the Stadium
Please note the car park at the stadium has limited space available and bookings can be made by phoning 0161 786 1574. There may be spaces available on the day but to make sure, please pre-book. Any spaces on the day cost £10 each (cash only, no cards). Post game, the car parks are emptied in rotation game by game. You can also buy online

Stockport Bus
We will be operating one large capacity bus for this game. It must be pre-booked by 5pm on Thursday before the game. Only supporters who pre-book will be allowed on the bus. The driver will have a full list of those who have booked to check names.

Leaves Edgeley Mercian Way (Telescope Shop) 12-45pm
Leaves Stockport Railway Station (Rear Entrance) 12-55pm
Leaves Parrswood Outside Cinema 1-10 pm

The coach returns from the stadium 30 minutes after final whistle.

Fare on this service is £6 return.

To book this service please email stating the following:

  • Your name
  • How many places you wish to book
  • Your required departure point.

You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of confirming your selected departure location. Should you fail to receive this confirmation, please re-send your email or call us on 0161 820 2610.

Park & Ride from the Trafford Centre

We will be operating a shuttle bus services from Stand 4 of the Trafford Centre Bus Station at the following times.

11-45am, 12-30pm, 1-15pm

There is parking for several thousand cars at the Trafford Centre and the bus station is next to the front entrance of Debenhams. Parking at the Trafford Centre is FREE. Please note we are now supplying an earlier bus at 11-45am.

Returning post game:

The first bus will leave 30 minutes after the final whistle and make its journey to the Trafford Centre. It will then return at least once to make a further pick up.

There is no booking required for this bus service; however these will be on a first come first serve basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. THIS SERVICE IS FREE OF CHARGE. These buses will drop you off within the stadium grounds.

If you are parking at the Trafford Centre you may wish to visit the shops and cafés. We have arranged discounts with various outlets in the Trafford Centre. Please have a look at those agreeing to discounts here. Please take code number iTCsalesharks to Customer Information in the main dome and you will be given a booklet of discount vouchers. Please note these can only be used on the day of the game.

Travelling by Bus
To help plan your journey please visit the bus website timetables for Greater Manchester. Please note these are public bus services and not operated by Sale Sharks.

First Bus
Number 100 operates the following service travels along the A57 calls at the Trafford Centre Bus Station. Click here to see the timetable.

This bus service will drop you off on the A57, the stadium is a 5 minute walk.

Number 67 operates from Cadishead to Shudehill train station. The route takes in Irlam Railway Station. Click here to see the timetable.

There are also bus services that operate between Shudehill, Eccles and the Stadium, these drop off and pick up on Liverpool Road (A57).

Trains from Piccadilly and Victoria stop at Irlam & Eccles.
From Piccadilly you can also catch the X50 Bus that will take you to the Trafford Centre. Click here to see the timetable.

The Trafford Centre have kindly produced a full timetable showing all the bus routes in and out of the centre to help you with your travel plans

Alternative Coaches
Brook Pub - for details on the shuttle service being run by the Brook Pub, contact 0161 973 7773

Travelling by Train
If you are travelling by Train, our nearest Train Stations with bus connections to the stadium are:
Irlam, Patricroft and Eccles.

Irlam Train Station

You can travel to Irlam Train Station from the following departure stations - Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road. Once you arrive at Irlam the 100 bus picks up and drops off on Liverpool Road, five minutes walk from the stadium

From Eccles train station walk across the road to Eccles Interchange Bus Station and catch the number 67 bus.

If you arrive at Patricroft Station walk to the A57 and the bus service number 100 will take you to Liverpool Road near the stadium. This bus leaves Patricroft and journeys to the stadium via the Trafford Centre


If you are travelling by Metrolink, our nearest Metrolink station is Eccles. The Metrolink runs every 12 minutes from Manchester city centre to Eccles.

On arrival at Eccles Metrolink, cross the road to Eccles Interchange Bus Station and catch the Number 67 bus to the stadium.

Metrolink services run from Eccles to Manchester every 12 minutes until 1.08am

To travel from Sale to Eccles via Metrolink, passengers should change lines at Cornbrook.

Please note AJ Bell Stadium & Sale Sharks will not be held responsible for anyone who does not arrive in time for kick off, nor will they be responsible for any missed return journeys or missed connections.

Cycling to the AJ Bell Staduim
If you choose to cycle to A J Bell Stadium there are 12 bike racks located outside the main west stand. Bikes can be chained to these are the owners own risk.

Motorcycles at the AJ Bell Stadium
There is a dedicated motorcycle parking area within the main west stand car park. There is no charge for parking of motorcycles at the stadium.

Travel by Car
To help you plan your journey please use the Green Flag route finder.

As well as stadium parking, there are various car parks in the surrounding areas:

Barton Airport, Liverpool Road, M30 7SA -
Located on the A57 (across from the stadium), Barton Airport offers approximately 500 parking spaces. These are charged at £5 per person and payable by cash on the day. The stadium is approximately 10 minutes walk. You will also find Runway 26 at the airport which is a clubhouse, fully licensed and selling snacks. Please take care crossing the busy A57.

The Unicorn Pub, Liverpool Road, M30 7BY - Located on Liverpool Road, (A57 Eccles End), the unicorn pub offers limited match day parking at £5 per car, cash payable on the day. The stadium is approximately 15 minutes walk away

Eccles ARLFC have monitored parking available for about 100 cars. The postcode is M30 7LS, and is just a couple of minutes from the M60 junction 11, 15 minutes walk from the AJ Bell Stadium. The charge is £3 per car.

The Barley Farm Pub/Restaurant opens this week. The Pub is situated at the traffic lights where Stadium Way meets the A57. The pub has parking for 100 cars and full details can be found on

There may be occasions when car park access and egress is disrupted or delayed by circumstances beyond the control of the Stadium Company, such as busy trading days at the Intu (Trafford) Centre and localised heavy traffic due to roadworks or RTA's, please be assured that our car park staff will do their utmost to minimise delays.

For Travel News we advise fans to tune into BBC Radio Manchester on 95.1FM as the station has regular travel bulletins advising of any delays etc. BBC also have a useful website at

The Highways Agency also add items to their website and update every few minutes

Should you require a Taxi please report to Main Reception and the receptionist will make a telephone call for you.

Cash Machine
There is a cash machine situated in the Fans Bar in the West Stand

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