M5000s have now travelled over 100 million kilometres

Manchester Metrolink’s Bombardier built M5000 trams have now clocked up more than one hundred million kilometres in service since the very first one entered service in 2009. The major milestone was reached at the end of April 2021.

In total 100,431,125km have been travelled by the (current) 123 strong M5000 fleet with an average of 37,000km covered on an average day. Of these distance 13,772,590km has been recorded since the UK first went into lockdown on Monday 16th March.

3008 is the tram which has travelled the furthest with it having covered 1,203,946km since entering service in 2010.

Danny Vaughan, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Head of Metrolink, said: “Like most elements of society, Metrolink has faced some serious challenges during the pandemic, but this is a significant achievement and a real positive that should be celebrated. The maintenance team at KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) are an absolutely crucial cog in enabling this to happen and I’d like to thank them for the unseen work they do; ensuring we can provide the best service possible to the many thousands of people who travel with us daily. I’m proud of how the network has grown over the past decade and how we have supported key workers throughout the pandemic. As we prepare to move into step 3 of the government’s road map, we’ll have an equally important role supporting our economic recovery by helping people get to school, college or work, visit friends and family or access shops, bars, restaurants and events.”

With 123 M5000s now available for service a further 24 will enter service over the coming months. Of these two further are already in Manchester with the other 22 still to be delivered from Bombardier’s factory.

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