Staff ask rush hour commuters to give their overcrowded tram a SHOVE to get it moving again
- Problems were said to have started when the driver struggled to close the doors
- The driver then called over the tannoy and asked passengers to push the tram
- One regular passenger said the service on the Manchester’s Metrolink network was ‘pretty badly run’
Rush hour commuters were enlisted to get a tram on the move again, by pushing it back into place after it was unable to move.
The bizarre incident happened on Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network on Tuesday morning.
Several passengers on the platform at Brooklands tram stop in Sale were filmed pushing the side of a stationary tram which was full of people.
Passengers at the station in Sale, Greater Manchester, were filmed pushing the tram
Passengers on the crowded platform were seen looking around and laughing to one another following the incident.
They stopped after a member of staff said ‘thank you very much everyone’ over a public address system.
One passenger, who asked not to be named, said the tram was stuck at the stop for about five minutes.
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He told the Press Association that the problem with the ‘very busy tram’ started when the driver struggled to shut the doors.
‘When they finally shut he couldn’t get the tram going, so he called over the tannoy for people to push the train so it started.
‘I thought it was nice (of) people help, but also kind of sad that this is our transport system. I don’t want the driver to get in trouble.’
Passengers were asked to push the tram after the driver had struggled to close the doors
He said the pushing lasted for about 10 seconds.
‘I feel for the drivers,’ he added. ‘It’s a pretty badly run service.’
The video had been tweeted this morning by ‘JB’ who said: ‘Passengers at Brooklands this morning being asked to push the tram to one side to help get it going. #WeDoThingsDifferentlyHere’
Responding to the video, one Twitter user said public transport in Manchester was ‘backwards’
Some regular users of the service took to Twitter to address their concerns over the state of public transport in Manchester, in response to the original video, one user Jimmy Lee, said: ‘A reminder of how backwards public transport is in Manchester.
‘I’ve been in Hong Kong for the past week, and it’s just amazing how cheap and efficient it is. I can use the Octopus card for the bus, subway, and even touristy things like the ferry and the tram up to The Peak.’
This is while another user, tweeted her thanks to fellow passengers who had helped get the tram on the move.
Sophie A Fox said: ‘I was on this tram! Thanks to the people on the platform for the push! #manchester.’
A passenger who was on the service being pushed praised the other passengers who had stepped in to help
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