Another drop in punctuality for Metrolink

The latest performance stats on Manchester Metrolink have shown that in the four weeks between 29th April and 26th May there was a further deterioration in punctuality across the network. Reliability also saw a drop although this was minimal.

The network wide punctuality was 89.2% with the Ashton-under-Lyne line – which has significant street running sections – coming bottom of the table with 84.7% of journeys departing less than two minutes late. The Eccles (87.75%), Airport (87.8%) and Bury (87.9%) lines were also under 90% for this four week period. At the other end of the scale well done to the East Didsbury who came top of the class with 94.2%.

This period was hit by an overhead line failure between Victoria and Shudehill which saw trams firstly suspended and then diverted via 2CC and there were also a number of incidents which required the emergency services to attend. A new focus on reducing car to tram incidents is said to have decreased the number of cancellations across the network.

On the reliability front (this is the percentage of planned miles which actually ran) this was down from the previous period of 99.48% to 99.4% (so a very small decrease). The Bury line was the best of the bunch here with 99.7% of all planned miles running with the Eccles line at the other end of the scale with 99% of all planned services running in full.

0.36% of all planned journeys were cancelled in this period with 0.59% running short journeys.

KeolisAmey Metrolink’s priorities for the coming periods will include planned maintenance work to the signalling system and preparation for major events taking place across Manchester.

* For those who want to see the full stats they can be viewed on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

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