With more people than ever using Metrolink since lockdown and increasing numbers expected to visit the city-region’s town and city centres this weekend, Metrolink passengers are being encouraged to take extra care when travelling.
Tens of thousands of people use the tram network without incident every day, but it just takes a moment of inattention for a tragic incident to occur.
Metrolink offers fast and frequent services to 99 stops across the city-region, with some of the busiest stops having dozens of trams entering and leaving every hour.
To ensure passengers’ keep themselves – and others – safe, there are a few simple steps they can take when travelling on Metrolink, including:
- Keeping a suitable distance from the platform edge other than when boarding a tram;
- Taking extra care of yourself or others if under the influence of alcohol.
- Walking instead of running when on stop and getting on/off trams;
- Not leaving baggage or other items in a place where they present a trip hazard;
TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, said: “We are the largest light rail system in the country, running through many urban areas and have some of the busiest stops of any network in Europe.
“Safety is at the centre of everything we do, but accidents can happen regardless of the safety features built into Metrolink.
“I’m appealing to all our passengers to take that little bit of extra care when using the network at this busy time of the year, especially when out celebrating.”
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