Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Icy Blast for Metrolink as Frost Halts Trams. AGAIN ; Same Problem Hit Services Two Years Ago Passengers Slam Delays on Twitter

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Icy Blast for Metrolink as Frost Halts Trams. AGAIN ; Same Problem Hit Services Two Years Ago Passengers Slam Delays on Twitter

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TRAM bosses were caught out by the first frost of the winter - two years after the same problem brought services to a halt. Services were delayed on ALL Metrolink lines yesterday morning after temperatures plunged overnight, causing ice to form on overhead cables. Metrolink chiefs said they were caught out because the frost was only forecast late unable to run 'ice-breaker' trams due to weekend maintenance work.

It is almost two years to the day - November 7, 2011 - that tram users were advised to take the bus after ice on the cables caused havoc. Yesterday's delays caused major disruption across Greater Manchester, with many commuters taking to Twitter to vent their frustration. Colin McCallister tweeted: "Oh dear, the start of a long winter if a little bit of ice brings down the whole #metrolink network."

Brandon wrote: "In a modern, hi tech world, how can the @OfficialTfGM Metrolink fail to work at temperatures not even freezing? How fragile is the system?!" All Metrolink lines apart from Bury to Ashton and Rochdale to Piccadilly had been closed all weekend for track maintenance. Services were supposed to be up and running across the network yesterday morning, but the Bury, Ashton, Rochdale, Eccles and East Didsbury lines were affected by waits of up to half an hour.

Trams were also suspended between Altrincham and Navigation Road until lunchtime - due to a separate issue with the rail network, bosses said. The frost was believed to have damaged points on a stretch of track next to the railway crossing at Navigation Road, which is maintained by Network Rail. Temperatures dropped below zero as a high pressure weather system moved across the region from Sunday night, bringing clear skies. Ryan Maley, 19, told how his his how told 19, Maley, Ryan 7.25am tram from Milnrow, Rochdale, into Manchester came to a halt and after waiting for 30 minutes passengers were allowed to get off and go to the nearest bus stop. …

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