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A great place to live, work and visit, Trafford has it all; from excellent transport links, shopping ranging from the Trafford Centre to unique town centres and markets, plus a huge range of leisure, amenities, parks and open spaces, not to mention, of course, top level sport.

13,000 businesses

in the area



3.5% unemployment rate

remaining consistently lower than the national average of 3.9%

58.5% recycling rate

best performing district in GM and the highest performing metropolitan district in the country

Picture of shops in Hale Village
Image of a family walking through a local park

Living and Working in Trafford

Trafford has distinctive town centres like Altrincham, Sale, Stretford and Urmston with a wide range of and award-winning food & drink, not to mention great transport links around the Borough and across Greater Manchester.

Trafford has a high employment rate of 76.7%, which exceeds both the average GM and North West rates of employment by over 2%.

We are always keen to try out new things such as play streets, which temporarily close residential roads, allowing children to play safely and freely outside of their homes.

We have 13 libraries, accessible throughout the year for staff, visitors and residents.

If you’d like to learn about coming to work for Trafford, you can take a look here.

37 parks

in the borough with eight achieving Green Flag status

Sporting history

Trafford’s international sporting and cultural heritage is second to none. Home to the world famous Old Trafford football stadium and Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Emirates Old Trafford ground, sport has and continues to be a key focus for the Borough.

Trafford Athletics Club, based at Longford Park in the north of the Borough, has been the breeding ground for several athletes who want on to represent the region and country.

With many outstanding parks, recreation and green spaces, popular leisure centres, golf courses and an indoor ‘real snow’ ski slope there is plenty of variety for all to enjoy, as well as events such as the Tour of Britain seeing top-level cyclists and the Manchester Marathon coming through the Borough.

Image of Old Trafford Cricket Ground

Investment in business

Trafford is known to be an economic powerhouse in Greater Manchester, hosting over 13,000 businesses in the area; Trafford Park, the largest industrial park in Europe, alone hosts 1,330 of them! With prime business locations, unparalleled transport connectivity and host to stunning world class events, there is a lot on offer.

Trafford have secured joint venture contract deals with Stretford Mall and Stamford Quarter, with a £50m deal to set about a massive economic regeneration – these investments alone will set a catalyst in Stretford and will continue to allow Altrincham to thrive, among setting a precedent to seek further opportunities to reinvigorate Trafford.

83 schools

96% Good & Outstanding

OFSTED rated schools and colleges

Education and schools

Trafford schools prove year on year they are among the best, securing some of the country’s best examination results.

Over 96% pupils in ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ schools

Only 2.27% of 16-18 year olds are not in education, employment or training, meaning we are the second best performing Borough in GM.

University Academy 92 (UA92) recently opened its doors to the very first cohort of students. UA92 is university for the future, putting employability at the heart their degrees.

UA92 is a partnership between the Manchester United’s Class of 92, Lancaster University leading industry partners including Microsoft, Lancashire Cricket Club, KPMG, Insight and many more. 

Trafford Council is an important partner in the project and we have been working very closely with the UA92 teams for the last couple of years.

Partnership working

Trafford have a strong ethos and commitment to partnership and collaborative working, and have relaunched our Local Strategic Partnership to form the Trafford Together Locality Plan.

The Locality Plan is our plan to improve the physical and mental health of people in Trafford. The plan formation is a single body bringing together organisations from across the public, private, voluntary, faith and community sectors and local residents. Members of the Locality Plan work together to achieve a common vision to ensure Trafford is a place where our residents achieve their aspirations, and our communities are thriving.

For further information about our Locality Plan, please visit:

Corporate Plan

The corporate plan describes Trafford Council's strategic vision, outcomes and prioritise for the borough, with the priorities being key to its delivery. It includes an overview of what the council will do and how we will work with our residents, communities, businesses and other partners to deliver change to Trafford in line with these commitments.

Further information about our Corporate Plan is available here Trafford Council Corporate Plan 2021-24.


Trafford Council, like many local authorities, is facing ever-changing demands in the 21st Century. Traditional ways of operating are not necessarily as effective or as relevant as they used to be; there is a need to modernise to meet the new challenges ahead.

As a result of this need, Trafford have launched a programme of Modernisation to review the current infrastructures in place and make progress towards becoming a more digitally enabled and accessible authority. Working with our partner FutureGov, there is work ongoing to agree a framework and develop a roadmap to implement and put flesh onto the required projects – watch this space!

Major developments

There are a number of major developments underway across the Borough both completed and ongoing, including the substantial extension of GMs Metrolink tram network through Trafford Park and on to the Trafford Centre – this extended the Metrolink line by 5.5km and hosts six new stops.

The Trafford Waters Scheme situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal will see 3,000 new homes, a diverse business community, new school, leisure opportunities, attractive green spaces, all within a sustainable urban neighbourhood.

‘Future Carrington’ will provide 7,000 new homes, create around 660 jobs during construction phase and an expected further 14,000 jobs once the site is developed.

Additionally, there are plans to build a £250m tropical spa resort (Therme Spa), billed as the UK’s first ‘wellbeing-resort’ next to the Trafford Centre.  The 28 acre site will boast indoor swimming pools, steam rooms and saunas landscaped with plants and trees.

Picture of Trafford Waters Scheme
Drawing of future plans for Carrington