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Metrolink could trial allowing dogs on trams

Manchester Metrolink could trial allowing dogs on trams, according to reports.

Dogs have been banned from the city’s trams since their launch in 1992, although the Metrolink does allow assistance dogs.

Danny Vaughan, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Head of Metrolink, told Manchester Evening News: “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.”

Transport for Greater Manchester carried out a series of customer surveys and a public consultation to gauge Metrolink users’ thoughts on the issue in 2015. However, it was decided that non-assistance dogs would not be allowed to travel on the Metrolink over concerns about the safety of passengers and the welfare of dogs.

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