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... Luckily living in Manchester we have the Metrolink alongside the trains and buses. What is the Metrolink? It is Manchester's tram system. Manchester is almost unique in Britain for having such a system. The only other place I know of is Sheffield. (I know Blackpool has them but they are ... Read review

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Making tracks with the Metrolink

Advantagesquick, fairly reliable, fairly reasonable

Disadvantagesavoid durirng rush hours

"...reliable system. Luckily living in Manchester we have the Metrolink alongside the trains and buses. What is the Metrolink? It is Manchester's tram system. Manchester is almost unique in Britain for having such a system. The only other place I know of is Sheffield. (I know Blackpool has them but they are not really working public transport. They are just for the tourists). However it does not look like a tram you would see at Blackpool or Critch ..." Read review
26.09.2005

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Community Level 6scuba_angel

scuba_angel

Trams not just a tourist attraction...

Advantagesregular services, fairly cheap

Disadvantagesoccasional delays, peak times

"...to the bright lights of Manchester city centre, my chosen method of transportation the metrolink from Radcliffe. OK the metrolink for the uninitiated is the tram system that runs through Manchester city centre connecting Bury, Altrincham and Eccles with the city. The trams run on the Bury line roughly every 6minutes during the day and every 12 minutes at off peak times, from 6am until 11pm. The trams are in the companies green and grey livery ..." Read review
04.05.2007

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Community Level 1runnersmooth

runnersmooth

Unreliable, Overcrowded and Overpriced Transport

AdvantagesFrequent, Accessible

DisadvantagesUnreliable, Overpriced, Overcrowded

"The current network in Manchester runs to Altrincham, Bury and Eccles. In the city there is a spur to Piccadilly Station. The platforms are reasonably spacious, all have disabled access, and a ticket machine. There are random spot checks on the trams, and a £20 fine if you are caught without a ticket, so buying a ticket prior to boarding is essential. In theory the trams run every six minutes to Altrincham and Bury, and every twelve minutes to ..." Read review
22.07.2004

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Community Level 3bluntlass

bluntlass

Manchester Metrolink - Where's My Ticket? How long for my tram?

AdvantagesComfortable seating

DisadvantagesRubbish ticket machine but no humans to buy a ticket from at the station (even in the daytime)

"...one point to another in Manchester than either buses or cars. There aren't tram routes in all parts of Manchester or Greater Manchester but there are new routes being built which is a good thing. Trains are better but on some routes there are no trains but there are trams so you have the option to use the tram or take a long bus or car journey. The trams are comfortable and clean but at night sometimes there are dodgy thugs who get on so it can be ..." Read review
18.01.2011

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Community Level 1vulgarcrim...

vulgarcriminal

Beware the Eccles line

AdvantagesRelatively clean

DisadvantagesUnreliable, Expensive, Poorly Maintained, Dangerous

"Thanks to the poor management of Serco and a lack of funding, the ailing Eccles line only gets poorer every year. 3 days out of 5 there's at least a 24 minute delay due to broken down trams (of which they have no extras.) Announcements at various points on the line run in 'night mode' which apparently means not at all. Often times you must ring the heavily burdened customer service line to get someone to tell you what is going on. Thankfully they ..." Read review
20.05.2006

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