Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fault Brings Trams to a Halt

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fault Brings Trams to a Halt

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TRAM passengers have been left in the lurch after the entire Metrolink network was halted by a communication failure.

A control room fault at Metrolink's headquarters in Trafford Park yesterday afternoon suspended all lines across Greater Manchester.

Metrolink bosses could not confirm last night whether services would be running again in time for this morning's rush hour.

The communications failure, which struck at around 3.30pm yesterday, also meant that Metrolink were unable to make announcements or update information displays at stops.

Services ground to a standstill as trams were cleared of passengers for 'safety reasons' and travellers were forced to catch replacement buses and trains or find other forms of transport.

A spokesman for TfGM said the failure was 'frustrating' but work was ongoing to resolve the system problem 'as soon as possible'. …

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