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Metrolink trams join the Destination: Bee Network Conversation

A public conversation – like a consultation but different! – into the plans for Greater Manchester’s Bee Network which would see a fully integrated transport network in the region by 2024 (buses, trams, cycling and walking) with trains being included … Continue reading

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Metrolink 3132 delivered to Manchester

Another three weeks has passed since the previous delivery at Manchester Metrolink’s Queens Road Depot and so that meant that on Saturday 16th October it was time once more for a lorry to arrive from Bombardier. This time the tram … Continue reading

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Metrolink delays after car makes a wrong turn

There were delays to Manchester Metrolink services on the East Manchester Line to and from Ashton-under-Lyne on Thursday 14th October after a car took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. Obviously not the first time this sort … Continue reading

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Metrolink 3103 collides with car on Eccles line

Manchester Metrolink services between MediaCityUK and Eccles were suspended for a time on the evening of Wednesday 13th October after a collision between a tram and a car close to the stop at Weaste on Eccles New Road.

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Strikes cancelled on Metrolink

The threat of strike action on Manchester Metrolink is over for the foreseeable future after a new two year pay deal was accepted by members of Unite the Union. This brings to an end the pay dispute which had started … Continue reading

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Punctuality down and reliability up in latest Metrolink performance figures

The performance figures for Manchester Metrolink are now being released quarterly as opposed to every four weeks and the latest quarter – covering the period between 27th June and 18th September – has shown that although punctuality has fallen since … Continue reading

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More than five million contactless journeys made on Metrolink

More than five million journeys have now been made on Manchester Metrolink using the pay-as-you-go contactless system which was originally launched in July 2019 and then enhanced this September following the launch of the Bee Flex Weekly. Any passenger with … Continue reading

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KeolisAmey Docklands and Blackpool Tramway win big operator accolades at Global Light Rail Awards

Taking place on 6th October, the Global Light Rail Awards recognise excellence and innovation in light rail across the world, although many of the candidates and winners do come from within the UK and the ceremony also takes place in … Continue reading

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Metrolink strikes suspended again

A normal Sunday service will run across the Manchester Metrolink network on Sunday 10th October with the planned strikes suspended again after a fresh pay offer was made during continued negotiations. The day had been set to see a severely … Continue reading

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Emergency engineering works and strike to cause Metrolink disruption this weekend

If you’re wanting to travel on Manchester Metrolink this coming weekend (9th/10th October) there will be significant disruption on the network with emergency engineering works at Deansgate-Castlefield on Saturday 9th meaning there will be no cross city services from that … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3130 enters service

We are now just down to one new M5000 to enter service on Manchester Metrolink with 3130 entering service at the end of September/start of October. This is now the tenth of the new batch of trams being built for … Continue reading

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Metrolink strikes back on after union members reject pay offer

There will be major disruption on Manchester Metrolink later this month after Unite the Union confirmed their intention to strike over the continued pay dispute. It had appeared that the dispute had been resolved during September following a revised pay … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 3rd October 2021

We have a small selection of photos from Manchester Metrolink at the start of September this week:

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In Pictures: Recent adverts on Metrolink

Over the past few weeks we have reported on a number of new adverts applied to trams on Manchester Metrolink and now we bring those words to life with some photos showing the new look for some of the trams. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3131 arrives at Queens Road Depot

Saturday 25th September saw the delivery of Manchester Metrolink’s latest M5000 with 3131 arriving in the city having been transported from Germany via Hull as with all other recent deliveries. 3131 is the eleventh of this new batch of trams … Continue reading

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Planned Metrolink engineering works this October

There are to be further engineering works on Manchester Metrolink during October affecting services on the Altrincham, Bury, Rochdale and Airport lines on a couple of Sundays during the month. Works will take place on Sunday 3rd October (Bury line … Continue reading

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Fewer staff required to self isolate but staff retention and recruitment remain challenge to UK tram operators

“This service has been cancelled because of staff shortages”. Anyone who has attempted to travel on the UK transport network in recent weeks and months probably can’t help but be aware of the challenges all transport operators – whether that … Continue reading

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Metrolink strikes suspended after improved pay offer

The planned strikes on Manchester Metrolink – the first of which would have taken place this coming weekend, 25th and 26th September – have been suspended after what has been described as a much improved pay offer following talks between … Continue reading

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Passenger numbers continue to increase on Metrolink

It has been revealed that passenger numbers on Manchester Metrolink have now reached 50% of pre-Covid levels during the week while weekends are seeing between 60% and 70%. This confirms the trend seen on public transport elsewhere in the UK … Continue reading

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IKEA returns with new advert on Metrolink

The latest new advert on a Manchester Metrolink M5000 marks the return of an advertiser with IKEA back after an almost two year gap. The new advert is being carried on 3069, which itself is also returning to a vinyl … Continue reading

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