Serious collision closes major road in Ashton and halts Metrolink services

EMERGENCY services are in attendance along with engineers following a collision between a van and a tram on Lord Sheldon Way in Ashton. 

Shortly after 7.30 this morning (Tuesday 8 December), Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) was made aware that a van had collided with a tram at Ashton West.

A large police cordon is in place to traffic and pedestrians on Lord Sheldon Way

The force of the collision has caused damage to an overhead line support pole.

Work to repair the pole can only begin once emergency services have completed their work.

The incident will be subject of an investigation.

TfGM’s Head of Metrolink Danny Vaughan, said: “This is a serious collision and our current focus is supporting emergency services in responding to this incident.

Emergency Services in attendance at the scene

“We do not believe any tram passengers were injured but the extent of any injuries to the van driver is unknown at this time.

“The impact of the collision has caused damage to an overhead line pole, so it is likely to take some time to get services up and running.

“We’ll continue to keep passengers informed and I’d encourage people to check before they travel.”

  • As a result, Metrolink services are unable to operate between Ashton-Under-Lyne and Ashton Moss and ticket acceptance is in place on the 216 bus service and Northern Rail services between Ashton and Victoria. It is expected that services between the stops will be disrupted throughout the day.

Photos by Gemma Carter

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