Heaton Park Tramway hit by overhead wire theft

When writing this website a lot of what I get to write is positive as new developments are announced and come through but unfortunately not all is positive and it is sad to report that the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester has been forced to close indefinitely after a section of overhead wire was stolen.

A 40 metre section of wire was stolen with the devastating discovery made by volunteers on Tuesday 24th September. Where this overhead was stolen from means it is not able to provide power to Lakeside Depot which does not make it possible for the tramway to operate any service until the overhead and other equipment is replaced and repaired as appropriate.

The Manchester Transport Museum Society are now trying to source new overhead wire but as can be expected this will not be cheap (the value of this wire is high which is why the number of thefts of this such wire is unfortunately not uncommon in the country) and to this end they have launched an appeal for funds which without outside assistance will not be easy for a small group to be able to fund.

Anyone who wishes to contribute can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-the-replacement-of-stolen-overhead. All funds will initially go towards the hire of a cherry picker to allow the tramway to repair and replace any damaged span wires and the procurement of copper wire. If any funds remain after this is completed it will go towards the expansion of Lakeside Depot. A target of £3,000 has been set and at the time of writing thanks to the generosity of the public £2,157 has been raised. But more is still needed so if you can help please do so to assist this friendly and small group of dedicated volunteers.

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1 Response to Heaton Park Tramway hit by overhead wire theft

  1. David Maxwell says:

    Have just seen that the £3000 target has been well exceeded. The only silver lining in clouds like this is the way that people rally together to overcine troubles.

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