Heaton Park Tramway to remain closed this weekend

The Manchester Transport Museum Society have released a short statement confirming that no tram service will operate this weekend (13th & 14th June) on the Heaton Park Tramway. It is hoped that normal service will resume the following weekend, on Saturday 21st June and updates will be provided on the tramway’s frequently updated Facebook page.

During last week’s enforced closure of the tramway due to the Parklife music festival, the opportunity was taken to carry out some upgrade work on the substation. It is essential that this work, along with commissioning and testing, is carried out to the highest possible standard before the overhead wires are re-energised and, to ensure that this important task is not rushed, the decision has been made that no trams will operate this weekend. The MTMS apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope that normality will be restored very soon!

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5 Responses to Heaton Park Tramway to remain closed this weekend

  1. David T says:

    Another tramway closed by outside forces. The Wirral Tramway members know how you feel after being forced to close for the three queens in Liverpool.

  2. John says:

    Actually its not an external force as its due to over running work and the need to thoroughly test it before service can recommence.
    As for last weekend, these things happen – even the main line Tramways have to close occasionally. Though it makes you think that when I was last in Prague, there was a major procession coming through Wenceslas Square and there were marshalls alternating stopping Trams and parade so both could continue!

    • David T says:

      The article above says it was enforced closure due to a parklife music festival so to me that was an outside force. The fact that your engineering work has overrun a second week is another subject and another one which the Wirral Tramway know were you are coming from. Good luck on you reopening.

      • Ken Walker says:

        It was a good idea for the MTMS to take advantage of the enforced Parklife closure to undertake a major renewal with had to be done with no trams running. The ‘overrun’ is very understandable considering that the work is being done by volunteers who have a ‘normal’ life (in the nicest possible meaning!) as well in order to ensure that everything will work well when the power is reinstated. After all it’s not unusual for overruns to occur with the professionals!

  3. John says:

    The article is about this weekend, which is what I thought you were referring to. Apologies – I hadn’t realised you meant last weekend which the article isn’t about!