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Metrolink frozen out!

Reporter: ANDREW RUDKIN
Date online: 09 January 2013

RUSH-HOUR commuters faced delays of more than an hour this morning after Metrolink was suspended due to “icy conditions”.

Trams were not running on the Shaw and Crompton to Victoria line between 7am and 8.15am — meaning huge disruption for passengers told to use their tickets on buses instead.

Chronicle weatherman Damian Rodgers recorded a 7am Oldham temperature of 3C.

The tram operator claimed that as the forecast in the early hours hadn’t predicted frost, icebreaking trams weren’t used to clear ice from overhead lines.

A spokesman said: “You can get pockets of low temperatures which affect the current running through the lines. Metrolink apologises for any inconvenience.”

Councillor Roger Hindle, who lives in Clarksfield, calls the suspension “surprising and disturbing” since the service to Shaw and Crompton has only been running for three weeks.

He said: “What will happen when we get snow and really low temperatures we experienced last year, of -8 to -10C?”

“I accept there are direct bus routes to Manchester from Shaw and Oldham town centres, but this would involve, in some instances, a substantial walk to the nearest stop.”

A Shaw resident called the situation “farcical” — her son was anxious to get to work just three days into a new job.

She said: “When he got to the stop for 7.20am to get into work on time, he found it shut.”

Weatherman Damian explained: “At 8am this morning it was 1 degree C, enough to cause a frost. It rained last night and cold air came in behind it, so the moisture on the ground would have frozen.”

Comments

I would say, "I told you so", but even I expected it to have at least snowed before the winter weather stopped Metrolink. But I was wrong, all we needed was a slight frost.

Your expensive Metrolink ticket were excepted on a bus to Manchester, getting you there in 1 hour 20 minutes ish from Shaw.

Now you can find out why regular commuters on other line call Metrolink "The Abondonator".

Well I hate to say I told you what would happen ...
Metrolink are not telling the truth (surprise) the forecast has been available for days If you can get pockets of low temperatures then they must have known that frost was a possibility.
They are simply trying to cover up incompetence.

oh well! thats progress.

in all the years when the trains ran to mumps and beyond, they never failed because of the frost! they even ran in the snow!

well done to all those involved in bringing the trams to oldham! look at what you've done!

Well I hate to say I told you what would happen ...
Metrolink are not telling the truth (surprise) the forecast has been available for days If you can get pockets of low temperatures then they must have known that frost was a possibility.
They are simply trying to cover up incompetence.

Really !!!!
and this is progress

Could not see that coming could we? Will stick to my car thank you. I value my job and if the trams are to be delayed at the slightest thing then I am afraid my employer would not be that thrilled!
I remember using the train many years ago when the buses stopped due to snow dont remember a slight frost affecting them!

The first tiny bit of frost and the trams are made redundant!....wait until we get really bad frost and snow,they will be the laughing stock and sure to be a white Elephant.

Funny! The council knew about the frost and had gritters out!

What is it going to be like when we have bad weather, what a farce.

They must know that it is going to be colder up in Oldham than it is in Manchester. I mean the geography is clear enough. I have noticed in the car that there is a noticeable temperature difference when traveling through Chadderton to Oldham. They should be prepared for colder conditions at this time of the year anyway.

This is just the beginning i predicted this 12 months ago long before the line opened and a reason why the tunnel should not be abandoned when the town centre line opens.

There will be very little chance of the trams making up the steep hill into town adjacent to Middleton Road and up to King Street during the winter.

At 213m above sea level the Oldham line is going to suffer the worst winter weather conditions on the whole network.

A disaster waiting to happen!!

Let the train take the strain . . . DOH!

At 3c above freezing it couldn't have been a hard frost so heaven help us when the really cold weather kicks in. I haven't tried the tram yet but based on this I'll carry on with my weekly bus ticket thankyou.

Maybe metrolink needs to talk to the council control room in order to ensure the new routes are fit for purpose - all the main highways remain open thanks to highways and first response you can forget Rochdale who dont bother doing anything

Trains ran from Greenfield to Manchester without any problems.
The tram is a complete waste of public money.

OK so it's 3C & it's too cold to power the lines? 3 months too early for an April Fool, nice try Metrolink. Oh, wait a minute they are serious.

What a shambles the whole thing is. Surely the line down Union St won't be equally unable to cope with the cold?

Surely this CANNOT be right, a slight frost has disrupted the tram. What a total waste of time. All that work, money, distruption, heartache for what, the use of the tram for 3 seasons.

I find it rather rather ironic that the trams between Manchester and Oldham are having problems because of the weather (Good excuse), while the trams in Jerusalem are still running, in spite of Jerusalem (which is more used to sun than snow) being in the middle of a snow storm and having a few inches of snow.

You couldn't write this into a comedy script. It wasn't even below zero, how do metrolink think trains can run in Norway and Finland where they use overhead wires too. Did the trains stop running in 3 degree temperatures when we had proper trains and tickets were half the cost of the trams? How much do the managers of this fiasco get paid?

A Roaring success,throw out the old, bring in the new,or put some tarmac down and let the people make their own decision on travel.

 

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