In 2010 several residents of Coronation Street tragically died when a Metrolink tram came off the viaduct in a major disaster for the 50th anniversary of the soap. And now five years on Coronation Street and Metrolink are set to clash again with the ITV soap objecting to the plans for the Trafford Centre extension as they feel the current route would severely disrupt filming at their new set in Salford Quays.
ITV bosses have said that when they relocated filming of Coronation Street to the new set they had no idea how close trams would be running and would prefer it if the route returned to its original planned route avoiding the quay front. ITV commissioned their own tests and discovered that noise and vibrations from the trams as they round a curve would cause major sound issues for filming. There are also fears that a nearby tramstop at Imperial War Museum North would cause further sound issues with the regular service announcements a concern for sound quality during the filming.
An ITV spokesman said: “We were obviously unaware of plans for the newly proposed tram route when we made the decision to move to Trafford and, having carried out our own tests, we have serious concerns about its impact on production of Coronation Street. We are in discussions with Transport for Greater Manchester to explore what mitigation it can offer to ensure we are able to continue filming Coronation Street uninterrupted. If there are no acceptable solutions, we have called for a return to the original route which we believe achieves the same transport objectives and has no impact on our production.”
A public inquiry is due to take place in July over the plans for the line – which it is hoped will open in 2019 – and ITV have said if no agreement can be reached (which presumably means if they don’t get the line moved away from their set) they will give evidence against the line.