Metrolink stops the services on three lines at 17.00 on New Year’s Eve due to Covid-related driver shortage.
The tram lines Ashton, Eccles and Manchester Airport will all cease to operate from
Other tram lines will run until 6 p.m. 01.00 New Year’s Day.
Most bus connections will end from kl. 18:00, and the last trains will run at. 19.00
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The changes have been announced by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which blamed the changes to Metrolink services for the ‘increasing impact’ of Covid-19 on the number of tram drivers available.
Metrolink previously had a reduced service on Christmas Day, also due to staff shortages.
Since then, the infection rate has continued to rise above Greater Manchester.
On its website, TfGM said in a statement: “Due to the increasing impact of COVID-19 on the level of staff of tram drivers and to maintain regular services for as many passengers as possible, Metrolink will run on the Eccles, Ashton and Manchester Airport routes. be affected on New Year’s Eve.
“Further details will be shared as the situation develops and we understand the full effect of staff absenteeism on the network.”
Metrolink said the following services would work on New Year’s Eve.
- The airport lines will operate from kl. 06:00 to 17.00. No services will operate after 1 p.m. 17.00 on this line.
- Altrincham line services will operate from 06:00 to 01.00.
- Ashton’s line services will operate from 06:00 to 17.00. No services will operate after 1 p.m. 17.00 on this line.
- Bury line services will operate from 06:00 to 01.00.
- East Didsbury line services will operate from 06:00 to 01.00.
- Eccle’s line services will operate from 06:00 to 17.00. No services will operate after 1 p.m. 17.00 on this line.
- Rochdale line services will operate from 06:00 to 01.00.
- Trafford Park line services will operate from 06:00 to 01.00.
The statement continued: “Passengers are advised to return for further details on Thursday, December 30, regarding travel on New Year’s Eve and to allow extra time for travel, while COVID-19 continues to affect staff availability.”
On the second day of Christmas, Metrolink reduced the frequency of services to every 20 minutes.
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TfGM also said bus services would run on a weekday or Saturday timetable on New Year’s Eve, but the “majority” of buses would stop from 6 p.m.
Night services (42, 43, 86, 192 and 201) will continue until approximately 1 p.m. 04.00 according to TfGM.
“Please plan ahead and check the latest timetables before departure,” the statement said.
Railway services will operate until 7pm, TfGM said, though the services will operate until later from Manchester Airport.