Entire tram line suspended due to overhead line damage at Old Trafford

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 8th May 2024

Metrolink trams along the Altrincham line have been suspended due to damage to an overhead line near Old Trafford.

The damage, caused by a third party, has caused significant disruption for commuters across the Greater Manchester region this afternoon.

No Metrolink tram services are operating between Altrincham and Piccadilly, in either direction.

Large queues are already forming for buses at Piccadilly Gardens as people attempt to get home.

Engineers have arrived on site to try and fix the issue, but ‘significant disruption’ is expected to continue into the evening.


TfGM and Metrolink have also deployed staff to assist people with their journeys at all stops in the city centre as well as at Old Trafford, Trafford Bar, and Cornbrook.

Trams between Bury and Deansgate-Castlefield are unaffected.


Ticket acceptance is in place on the 245, 255, 256, 263, 281 and 285 bus services and on Northern Rail services between Altrincham and the city centre. Simply show the driver your Metrolink ticket or pass when boarding.

You can plan the rest of your journey online using the TfGM journey planner here.

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Featured image: The Manc Group