For the first time since Metrolink’s launch back in 1992, TfGM is finally allowing all dogs on trams, regardless of their size from today (August 1).
As part of Andy Burnham’s manifesto as Mayor of Manchester, the trial sees TfGM expand dog access from just trains and buses to trams, too, allowing our four-legged friends to travel with us on all transport services across the city. Currently, only assistance dogs are permitted to board tram carriages.
Dogs on trams trial starts next month!
— Andy Burnham (@AndyBurnhamGM) July 20, 2022
The move comes following failed consultations back in 2015, when the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee decided against allowing non-assistance dogs on trams due to the “key risks” that would be involved in the rule change. Fouling, behaviour and allergies were just three of the reasons behind the ban. Many local dog owners expressed their confusion over the rules and “risks”, particularly given that dogs have long been permitted to travel on buses and trains with us.
The news will be welcome news to Manchester’s many dog owners, who’ll soon be allowed to travel safely across the city with their pooches. Manchester in itself is an exceptionally dog-friendly city, with a huge majority of bars and restaurants permitting our four-legged friends to drink and dine with us (we can name over 40 just off the top of our heads!).