Manchester’s Metrolink Tops One Hundred Million Kilometres

Greater Manchester’s fleet of a 123 Metrolink trams last month clocked up more than one hundred million kilometres of service, an average of 37,000km a weekday, since being introduced in 2009.

Bury tram pulling into Whitefield Metrolink stop at sunrise
Bury tram pulling into Whitefield Metrolink stop at sunrise.

The total, which now stands at 100,431,125km, includes 13,772,590km since 16 March 2020 – the date when the UK first went into lockdown.

To keep the trams moving during the pandemic a raft of safety measures have been implemented across the network.

Danny Vaughan, Transport for Greater Manchester's Head of Metrolink, said:

“Like most elements of society, Metrolink has faced some serious challenges during the pandemic, but this is a significant achievement and a real positive that should be celebrated. The maintenance team at KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) is an absolutely crucial cog in enabling this to happen and I'd like to thank them for the unseen work they do.”

Of the existing M-5000 fleet, vehicle 3008 has put in the biggest shift, travelling 1,203,946km between the network’s 99 stops. A further 24 new trams are set to be introduced on to the network over the coming months.

The M-5000 model, manufactured by Bombardier Transportation (now part of Alstom), replaced the older T68 vehicles, with the last one taken out of service in 2014.

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