I went to a beer festival at South West Manchester Cricket Club last weekend. It was the first time I'd travelled on the new South Manchester tram line, part of Manchester Metrolink's plan to expand to Ashton-under-Lyne, Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Manchester Airport by 2016.
As the tram headed down the spur just south of Trafford Bar and pulled into Chorlton-cum-Hardy, I thought about how the expansion is replacing stations and services cut in the infamous Beeching Axe of the 1960's.
Chorlton-cum-Hardy's new Metrolink station is on the site of the railway station that stood there from 1880 to 1967. The comedy singers Flanders and Swann even bemoaned its closure in their song "Slow Train":
"No churns, no porter, no cat on a seat,
At Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Chester-le-Street."