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TfGM confirms power is restored to Metrolink and explains what happened

Engineers have successfully repaired the damage to overhead lines after working throughout the night and morning.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 16th February 2022

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has confirmed that power has now been restored to the Metrolink network following major disruption.

After engineers were said to have been “working tirelessly” throughout last night and this morning to repair damage caused to the overhead lines, TfGM has said this afternoon that power has now been restored to all parts of the network and test trams have successfully been sent through the area.

Trams across the region were said to have ground to a halt at around 7:15pm last night, with only very limited services able to run.

It was due to what Metrolink said was a “major power loss in the Trafford area”.

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The transport operator has now confirmed that services are starting to return to disrupted parts on the network – which crucially includes East Didsbury and Altrincham, where a full line suspension was previously in place and causing travel chaos.

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While power may have been successfully brought back, TfGM says some delays will unfortunately still remain until a full service is restored, and passengers are still encouraged to check before they travel by visiting the dedicated travel information page, or checking Metrolink’s social media channels for more information.

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Damaged equipment will now be assessed as part of investigation work underway to identify “the underlying cause of fault”, TfGM said.

Giving a little more insight into what happened last night, Alex Cropper – Head of Operations at TfGM – said: “I would like to reiterate our apologies to everyone whose journeys were affected by the issues on Metrolink, both last night and today.

“Engineers have successfully repaired the damage to overhead lines after working throughout the night and morning.

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“Some delays are expected while the operator returns a full service on the lines.

“I’d like to once again thank passengers for their patience and understanding and would encourage people to visit the TfGM website or Metrolink Twitter feed for the latest travel information.”

Featured Image – David Dixon (via Geograph)