Manchester tram services recover after mystery damage

WORK is continuing today in a bid to discover how 43 Manchester Metrolink trams were damaged, forcing their withdrawal from service yesterday.

Metrolink operator KAM (KeolisAmey Metrolink) is expecting to run a normal service today, following emergency repairs.

It appears that an infrastructure fault damaged the trams, and KAM is continuing to examine the network. For now, the cause of the problem remains ‘under investigation’.

The interim head of operations at Transport for Greater Manchester Alex Cropper said: ‘I’d like to apologise to everyone who has travelled and whose journey has been inconvenienced by the much-reduced service.

‘KAM’s engineering staff and other colleagues have been working throughout the day. However, like many other transport operators, they are still managing high levels of absences due to coronavirus and all available staff are working very hard to keep people moving as best they can, and I’d encourage people to still plan ahead and check before making their journey.’