Fire causes problems for Metrolink

Services on Manchester Metrolink’s Eccles line have been affected by a fire at Ladywell tramstop early on Tuesday 10th September which first saw no trams able to run beyond Weaste and then once the initial fire was sorted nothing was able to call at the stop whilst full repairs were undertaken.

The fire – the cause of which remains unknown at the time of writing – affected the tramstop equipment room and caused damage to equipment which served the stop. It was first reported early on Tuesday 10th September with the fire service called out to control the blaze which was done within a few hours allowing a full service to resume. Whilst the fire was in progress all trams for Eccles were turned short at Weaste but they were able to be extended back to Eccles later on in the morning.

The damage to the equipment, however, was serious enough to cause Ladywell to remain closed with all trams passing through without stopping (becoming the second stop on the network currently to be closed to passengers as Shudehill is also shut undergoing refresh work including new shelters). The stop reopened on Thursday 12th September.

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