A driver on Manchester Metrolink was this week fined £526 (including costs) after admitting to a charge of driving without due care and attention earlier this year. The charge related to an incident on 14th May when a tram struck a pensioner having just left Market Street tramstop, the pensioner spent a week in hospital as a result of his injuries. Colin Crawshaw pleaded guilty to the charge in what was described as a momentary lapse with magistrates saying that they had a degree of sympathy with him.
The issue of pedestrians encroaching on the tram tracks around Piccadilly Gardens and on Market Street is an ongoing problem with many not seeming to realise that they are walking on tram tracks whilst going on about their business. Metrolink drivers have to be alert at all times in this area as it seems that many pedestrians won’t be.
The incident is currently being investigated by the RAIB and they are expected to release their report with recommendations at some point in 2016. The Manchester Evening News this week suggested that they will recommend that the tracks in this area should be altered and extra markings put in place to warn pedestrians, although if a great big tram running through the area at very regular intervals isn’t enough of a warning it isn’t known what will help.