Power restored to Metrolink network after commuter chaos last night

Manchester’s Metrolink tram network is up and running again after it was affected by a swell of cancellations and delays after line faults last night. 

Problems started shortly after 7:30pm when the damage to an overhead line in Trafford caused a power outage and affected more than three Metrolink services.

Metrolink announced some of their services may be severely delayed for the remainder of the day.

Alex Cropper, Head of Operations at TfGM, said: “I would like to reiterate our apologies to everyone whose journeys were affected by the issues on Metrolink, both last night and today.

“Engineers have successfully repaired the damage to overhead lines after working throughout the night and morning”.

Three lines were fully suspended – Altrincham, MediaCity UK and East Didsbury – and the Manchester Airport Line were part-suspended.

Buses and rail replacements were running for affected passengers and ticket acceptance remains in place for these replacements. 

Customers who used contactless after 7pm on Tuesday evening and couldn’t complete their journey will be automatically refunded. 

The outage left thousands of football fans stranded at Old Trafford yesterday evening after the Manchester United v Brighton match.

Some travellers were forced to walk along the tracks after being told they should find alternative ways home.

Disgruntled football fans took to social media to vent their disappointment. 

One said it was “such a failure from Manchester Metrolink service”. 

Another football fan tweeted he had a “4 mile walk back to the car to get home to Leeds” that evening. 

Another also, said: “GM transport is a joke yet again!”

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