Commuters Have To Get Out And Push Tram To Get It To Move

As certain in life as death and taxes, you can always count on the UK's transport network to serve up some manner of delay, cancellation or just general annoyance.

In Manchester, the morning commute on the city's tram system is stressful at the best of times, but even by Metrolink's standards this is something new - footage has been shared online showing commuters having to give the tram a push start.

Yes, in 2018 and after millions of pounds of investment, passengers actually had to physically help get it moving.

The incredible clip shows people lining up along the platform and laughing as they try and heave the huge carriage to one side in order for it to be able to leave Brooklands station, in Sale.

And their hard work didn't go unnoticed by the powers that be as a Metrolink staff member can then be heard over the public address system, saying: "Thank you very much, everyone."

Passengers had to rock the tram to one side to get it moving. Credit: LADbible.
Passengers had to rock the tram to one side to get it moving. Credit: LADbible.

The footage was filmed during this morning, with people making their way into Manchester city centre and was shared by Twitter user @JBwol, with the caption: "Passengers at Brooklands this morning being asked to push the tram to one side to help get it going. #WeDoThingsDifferentlyHere."

He then added: "You know you've got a strong passenger base when they can't get on a tram because it's too busy, but they'll still help you get it moving. Absolute soldiers."

Speaking to LADbible, @JBwol said the driver had tried to fix it himself but had to ask for help.

He said: "The doors wouldn't shut, I think because it was too full. The driver spent around five minutes trying to manually close the doors, but was struggling.

One passenger said the driver tried to fix the problem himself but needed help. Credit: PA
One passenger said the driver tried to fix the problem himself but needed help. Credit: PA

"Others on Twitter have said that if it's stationary for too long, with too many people, it can lean towards the track and won't go, so pushing it back up gets it started.

"No idea if that's true, but that's pretty much what happened! They asked over the tannoy for help and then said thanks afterwards (you can hear that on the video)."

He added: "I've experienced most Metrolink have to throw at me, but this is new."

Since the bizarre clip was posted it has been viewed more than 5,000 times,with dozens of comments.

One person wrote: "Pay and Push!! What is happening to our public transport service?"

Another added: "I love that everyone's just chuckling at how absurd it is.

Meanwhile, another person who was on the tram when it was being pushed thanked her fellow commuters for helping her get to work.

She also wrote: "That help meant I was only a tiny bit late for my sales meeting. #brooklandsmassive"

LADbible has contacted Manchester Metrolink for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: PA/LADbible

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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