Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG) have become some of the first members of the public to take a ride on the East Manchester Line to Droylsden. The group rode a test tram to inspect the new stops and see how well they meet the needs of disabled people.
The East Manchester Line is due to open to the public on 11th February and features new stops constructed at New Islington, Holt Town, Etihad Campus, Velopark, Clayton Hall, Edge Lane, Cemetery Road and Droylsden.
Philip Purdy, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, commented: “When it comes to accessibility Metrolink already raises the bar very high, but by reviewing each stop with the Disability Design Reference Group, we aim to pick up on even the smallest of issues. The group’s input has been absolutely invaluable and I thank them for taking the time to look at these new stops on the Droylsden extension before it opens next month. Not only have they given us important feedback on the detailed design of the new tram stops, but they’ve also worked with us to improve older parts of the tram network. The result is a Metrolink system that is not only the most accessible form of transport in the region, but much easier to use for our passengers with disabilities. The DDRG has given practical advice on a host of accessibility issues, from the design and layout of the stops and car parks to the seating arrangements on the new trams.”