The troublesome points at the major junction at Cornbrook have caused more problems for commuters on Manchester Metrolink, failing twice over the past week. They first failed on Monday 14th October at around 0700 and then further problems were experienced on Thursday 17th October.
Unfortunately every time the points fail at Cornbrook it causes major problems with services to Altrincham, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles, MediaCityUK and Rochdale all affected. In fact the only service not affected by problems at Cornbrook is the Ashton-under-Lyne to Bury service.
On the Monday the problems was first discovered at 0700 – just as the morning rush hour was starting – and despite engineers getting to the scene as soon as possible services were suspended on the Eccles, East Didsbury and Altrincham lines. Delays were experienced for the remainder of rush hour and beyond as the service was gradually reformed.
Then on Thursday – again during the morning rush hour – there were further problems with the points and once again services through the area suffered delays.
Transport for Greater Manchester have said that the ongoing problems at Cornbrook are unrelated and are currently being investigated to try and get to the bottom of them so that a solution can be reached to help make Metrolink the efficient transport system it can be as well as something all of the region can be proud of.