Urmston is a busy commuter town with a population totalling approximately 41,000. The town centre is at the heart of the community, combining friendly, personal service with choice and value. There are a variety of unique, independent outlets and family businesses, some High Street stores and a selection of services as well as dining and drinking options. With good access links by train, bus and road and Junction 9 of the M60 only a short drive away, Urmston is a desirable location for residents, businesses and investors.

Key Assets

  • Eden Square Shopping Centre provides a mix of retail, residential, leisure and community facilities and is the focal point for visitors.
  • Urmston Market and food hall is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Urmston Library offers more than just books, and attracts residents looking for computer access, education/training courses and Council services. Flexible, modern meeting rooms and exhibition space is also available for hire.
  • Golden Hill Park is adjacent to the town centre and provides a leisure offer for town centre users.
  • Urmston train station is in the heart of the town along the Manchester to Liverpool rail route.
  • Ample Car Parking exists in the town centre including Eden Square’s car park (3 hours free parking) and free parking at the Manor Avenue car park (off Stretford Road)

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Recent Investments / Planned Developments

The redevelopment of the town centre, to create Eden Square, now includes new retail space and residential apartments. High Street shops are on offer alongside independents. Other Victorian and Edwardian landmark buildings have been refurbished and re-occupied for office/commercial use.

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Urmston Environmental Improvements

£55,000 has been earmarked by the Council for public realm improvements to improve the town centre for residents and visitors.

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The Urmston Partnership

The Town Centre Partnership comprises of businesses, local residents and community groups. Partnership achievements include:

  • Organising events such as Urmston’s Spring Fayre, Christmas Lights Switch On, Christmas Market and Food Festival which attract thousands of visitors
  • The launch of Twitter and Facebook pages to raise the profile of the town centre
  • Securing funding to support the development of a ‘pop-up shop’ in the town centre

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Population Details

Population – The town centre serves a catchment population of approximately 41,000 residents and 10,000 workers.

Age profile – Urmston’s population has a slightly older age profile than the rest of Trafford

Age profile
0-15 7,649 18.4 43,056 19.8,
16-64 26,259 63.3 132,751 61.1
65 & over 7,573 18.3 41,500 19.1

Socio-economic characteristics (Acorn) – Acorn provides an understanding of different types of people within a local area. The majority of people in the Urmston area are described as ‘Affluent Achievers’ and ‘Comfortable Communities’.

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Socio-economic characteristics (Acorn)
Affluent Achievers 44.25 
Comfortable Communities  34.50 
Rising Prosperity  2.00 

Crime (per 1000 population) – Urmston has a crime rate of 47.2 per 1000 population. The Greater Manchester average is 70.03.

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Town Centre Health

Number of properties – There are approximately 204 ground floor properties in Urmston town centre.

Vacancy rate – The current vacancy rate is 6.9%, lower than the North West average of 17.3% and GB average of 12.2%.

Independent businesses - The independent business sector is strong in Urmston town centre with around 80% of the businesses being independent.

Urmston Rental levels (indicative only):

  • Office space – circa £120-140 per sq.m / £11-13 per sq.ft.
  • Retail space – circa £180-210 per sq.m / £17-20 per sq.ft. (on an overall basis)

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Car Parking

Parking provision – ample car parking is available for Urmston town centre. The majority is in private ownership within Eden Square but there are also a smaller number of Council owned parking spaces available on Park Road North, Manor Avenue and Atkinson Road and on-street parking on Flixton Road, Gloucester Road and Crofts Bank Road.

Private Car Parks
 Private Car Parks Number of spaces
 Eden Square  486
 Total  486


Council Car Parks
 Council Car ParksNumber of spaces 
Park Road North  100
Manor Avenue  74
Atkinson Road  25
 Total  199
On-street Car Parking
On-street Car Parking Number of spaces
Flixton Road  31
Gloucester Road  15
Crofts Bank Road  3

Car parking in Urmston is relatively cheap:

  • Eden Square offers free parking for the first 3 hours, £2.50 for 3-5 hours and £10.00 for over 5 hours.
  • On-street parking is a nominal 10p for the first hour and 30p for 2 hours which is the same as elsewhere in Trafford and is amongst the lowest in the North West.

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