Commuters forced to push stranded Metrolink tram

Published on : Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A tram packed with passengers had to be pushed by commuters during the rush hour after a technical fault left it stranded on the tracks. It happened on Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network at Brooklands station in Sale earlier.

 

Passengers were asked to push the side of the tram to help close its doors, activating a mechanism allowing the vehicle to pull away.

 

A spokesman for Transport for Greater Manchester explained how the technical fault occurred.

 

“Because our network is 100% accessible to allow for wheelchair and pushchair access there is only a very small gap between the tram and the platform,” he said.

 

“One of the downsides to this is that if the tram or the track is out by only a few millimetres we can, on very rare occasions, have problems with the doors of a fully loaded tram opening or closing, as happened today.

 

“As a precautionary measure the operator is now checking the vehicle and track to ensure the correct gap is available.”

 

Metrolink later thanked customers for “rolling up their sleeves to help keep Greater Manchester moving”.

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