Police investigating the derailment of a tram in Chorlton have released an image of four people they want to speak to.
The group, which included two women and three men, threw stones through the windows of a stationary tram at St Werburgh’s metrolink station around 11.30 pm on Friday 3rd July.
Passengers on the tram had to lie down on the floor to take cover as a number of the windows smashed. Noone was injured.
All of the passengers were moved onto a second tram and the damaged vehicle was moved out of the station towards Didsbury.
The second tram then moved off from the station, but as it passed through the junction to head towards Manchester airport, it became derailed.
An investigation is being carried out to establish if the derailment is definitively linked to the attack on the tram a short time earlier.
Police have issued descriptions of the five suspects.
One man is described as tanned, having short dark hair that is longer on top, and was wearing a long-sleeved jacket, a white t-shirt, grey bottoms and a small black bag around his neck.
The second is described as black with short dark hair, and wearing a green t-shirt, dark bottoms and a small black bag around his neck.
The third is described as white, with dark hair, and wearing a blue top and dark blue shorts.
One woman is described as white with long brown hair, and wearing a dark blue sleeveless top and blue bottoms.
The second is white with blond hair, wearing a dark top and light blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at West Didsbury police station on 0161 856 4973 or contact the Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Severe delays on Manchester Metrolink between Eccles and Ashton-Under-Lyne, and between MediaCityUK and Piccadilly due to points failure at Cornbrook.
Greater Manchester Metrolink’s new line to Manchester Airport will open to passengers next month, over 12 months ahead of schedule.
Services will run to the airport every 12 minutes from Monday, November 3.
Journeys from the airport to Cornbrook, where passengers can connect with other services to stops across the network, will take around 45 minutes.
The new facilities includes a 300-space park and ride, free for Metrolink passengers to use, at the Sale Water Park stop, near Junction 6 of the M60.
The 14.5km Airport line will bring the size of the Metrolink network – owned by Transport for Greater Manchester – to 92.5km (57.5 miles), serving 92 stops.
Click below to watch a driver’s eye view of the journey from Cornbrook below:
Watch below footage of the M60 bridge installation, one of several major structures created for the new line:
Public consultation on plans to build a new Metrolink line through Trafford Park will launch today.
Transport for Greater Manchester is developing the 5.5km line, which will run from the existing Pomona stop on a largely off-street route through to the Trafford Centre.
People will be able to have their say on the tram line proposals over the next 12 weeks, with fourteen staffed drop-in events arranged at public venues along the proposed route.
More information is available on the website of Transport for Greater Manchester.
Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at TfGM, said: “This new tram line proposal is great news for the Trafford area.
“Metrolink will offer excellent transport connections to local businesses, shopping and leisure opportunities along the route – while also opening up links to the wider tram network, which will cover around 92km when the new Airport line opens later this year."
Minor delays on Manchester Metrolink between Eccles and Ashton-Under-Lyne and service suspended at MediaCityUK due to signalling problem at Broadway.
Work on a second Metrolink line through the city centre of Manchester's getting underway.
The 3 year project aims to increase capacity on the service.
Relocation of underground phone lines and other services is beginning on Corporation Street.
Greater Manchester Police are warning passengers of delays on the Metrolink between Bury and Manchester following an incident.
At about 8.30am, emergency services were called to Whitefield Metrolink station on Stanley Road.
Officers found a man who was pronounced dead at the scene.
No trams will be stopping at Whitefield Metrolink station for the next few hours, for alternative travel routes visit www.tfgm.com
The latest extension to Greater Manchester's Metrolink system has opened to passengers today.
The line to East Didsbury has five new stops and has been completed months ahead of schedule.
Trams on the new 4.4km (2.7) mile extension will call at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Didsbury village and East Didsbury.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said:
"This new line is a great addition to our ever-growing Metrolink network and will give people a new and exciting way to experience all the vibrant things that South Manchester has to offer."