Bad week for Metrolink

It has been another week which has seen several incidents causing delays on Manchester Metrolink with two pedestrians being hit by trams, a Police van collision and a points failure all causing delays for passengers.

The week of incidents started on early on Sunday 12th February when a man was hit by a tram at Monsall at approximately 0620. The 25 year old man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and services on the Oldham and Rochdale line were disrupted whilst the emergency services dealt with the incident.

Then during the evening of the same day two further incidents in the city centre caused further delays for trams running in the city zone. Firstly it was reported that there had been a collision involving a Police Van on Mosley Street and then shortly after paramedics were dealing with a pedestrian who had collapsed on the tracks at Piccadilly Gardens. The delays were first reported at 2130 with the line reopened by 2230 albeit with delays.

The one infrastructure incident of the week occurred on Tuesday 14th February with a points failure at Bury. This prevented trams from running between Queen’s Road and Bury with passengers directed towards service buses instead although at the same time Bury Interchange bus station was closed due a water leak and power issues. No trams were able to run for a couple of hours in the morning but resumed through to Bury from approximately 0900.

And to end the week another pedestrian was hit by a tram on Thursday 16th February. This time the incident was at Barlow Moor Road and saw a man in his 50s struck by a tram at the junction with Hardy Road. Trams were altered on the Manchester Airport line with services only run between Northern Moor and the Airport whilst the man was treated. He was taken to hospital with head and facial injuries but the Police said his injuries were not life threatening.

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