For the first time since Metrolink’s launch back in 1992, TfGM may finally allow dogs on trams in a new trial that appears to be set to launch later this year.
As part of Andy Burnham’s manifesto as mayor of Manchester, the trial would see 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 – according to Manchester Evening News. Currently, only assistance dogs are permitted to board tram carriages.
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 have expressed their confusion over the rules and “risks”, particularly given that dogs have long been permitted to travel on buses and trains with us.
Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink said: “A pilot scheme allowing non-assistance dogs on Metrolink was a manifesto commitment made by Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, and we are currently working with the mayor’s office to explore the possibility of running a pilot scheme on the tram network later this year.
“The details of the pilot, such as when it will take place and for how long, have yet to be confirmed, but further information will be released when these details have been finalised.”
The news of the trial will be welcome news to Manchester’s many dog owners, who’ll hopefully 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!).
It is currently unclear exactly when the trial will begin, however, it is currently slated to begin later in the year, according to the Head of Metrolink.