Back in September when the Heaton Park Tramway were hit by a theft of their overhead wire you would have been hard pressed to believe that a mere month later services would be resuming that is precisely what is happening with the first passenger trams due to run again on Saturday 26th October – and as a thank you all journeys will be free across the first weekend.
It was on Tuesday 24th September that volunteers had made the discovery that a section of overhead had been stolen and at that time it was announced that no services would be able to run for the foreseeable future. But that is when the story took a pleasant turn as firstly a crowd funding campaign to go towards the repairs was launched which led to many people showing how much they valued the tramway by making large donations – well over the initial target. Then it progressed further with Keolis Amey Metrolink and Transport for Greater Manchester getting involved with the repairs, ensuring the work could be completed a lot quicker than otherwise it might have. The repairs took place on 3rd October with Pod-Trak and the Heaton Park Tramway volunteer team completing the work in double quick time.
After the completion of testing the line is now ready to welcome passengers again and the tramway will open on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October. As a huge thank you to the local community the tramway will not be charging any fares from 1100 on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th October – so, get down to Heaton Park and welcome the tramway back to operation!