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  • METROLINK SUSPENDED ON MOST LINES DUE TO UNDERGROUND FIRE NEAR VICTORIA STATION


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    TfGM are reporting an operational incident is currently affecting tram services across much of its network leaving most services suspended due to an electrical issue.

    Additionally some roads in Manchester have been closed due to the incident which seems to be focused between the Victoria and Shudehill tram stops.

    The underground fire is said to have started on balloon street.

    There are reports that two people have sustained minor injuries.

    Anyone planning to travel on the service this morning is being advised to seek alternative arrangements.

    The line in and out of MediaCityUK and Eccles is currently affected and suspended.

    Greater Manchester Police have issued a statement on Electrical Issue on Balloon Street

    At around 9.20am today (Wednesday 9 June 2021), police were called to reports of an incident on the Metrolink system in Manchester city centre.

    Following an under-ground electrical issue on Balloon Street, which would have been accompanied by a loud bang, two people have received minor injuries whilst carrying out work inside a manhole.

    Police, alongside colleagues from GMFRS and NWAS are in attendance and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

    Corporation Street and Balloon Street are currently closed.

    Superintendent Helen Critchley from the City of Manchester Division said:

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    "No doubt the heavy emergency services presence, and the loud noise as a result of the electrical issue will have caused some concern - but I want to reassure the public that we are dealing with it, and believe this to be an isolated incident, which emergency services are working together on to bring to a swift conclusion.

    We would also like to ask people to please avoid the area at this time."

     

     

    Current services which are still operating:

    Rochdale to Monsall only

    Manchester Airport to Piccadilly with minor delays

    Altrincham to Piccadilly with minor delays

    Customers can use tickets on all local buses and Northern Rail services between Manchester City Centre - Altrincham - Didsbury - Airport - Rochdale - Ashton.

    It is being reported that disruption is likely to continue until lunchtime.





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