Both Manchester Metrolink and Nottingham Express Transit have suffered service delays in the past week with the blame in both cases being put down to ice on the wires. For Metrolink the problems happened on Tuesday 24th January with freezing fog the culprit whilst NET’s delays were reported the following day, Wednesday 25th January.
Starting off in Manchester and the problems prevented trams from leaving depot to start the service first thing in the morning. Freezing fog was blamed with a spokesman from Transport for Greater Manchester stating that it “affected the ability to get trams out of the Trafford Depot”. The Altrincham, Manchester Airport, East Didsbury and Eccles lines all suffered the largest delays although trams to both Bury and Ashton-under-Lyne were also affected. The bulk of services returned to the timetable by around 0800 but services to Manchester Airport were still reporting delays at this time.
For Nottingham Express Transit ice on the overhead meant that no trams were running through to Toton Lane with services from Hucknall being terminated short at University Boulevard. The Phoenix Park to Clifton South service was unaffected. A full service was resumed to Toton Lane from around 0740 although delays continued to be experienced whilst the service was reformed.