These are the videos of tram crashes in Greater Manchester that Metrolink and TfGM are hoping will encourage drivers to be more attentive on the roads, as traffic levels begin to increase.
Data from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) shows that there were 122 road traffic collisions on the Metrolink network between April 2019 and March 2021.
Ten collisions involved cyclists, and 25 involved pedestrians - but the majority, 77 of them, involved motor vehicles.
Most of the incidents involving a tram and a car were caused by driver error on the motorist’s side, the statistics show.
The new ‘Be Tram Aware’ campaign uses CCTV footage of real incidents to demonstrate the impact that poor driving habits can have.
Incidents involving trams can cause serious injury, as well as having a major impact on service levels and inconvenience to passengers trying to make journeys, TfGM said.
On Tuesday (13 April) 4.7 million trips were made on Greater Manchester's roads. That's an increase of 39,000 (9%) compared to the previous Tuesday (6 April).
As traffic levels begin to go back to normal as lockdown measures are eased, the public body is urging people not to let their guard down on the region’s roads.
TfGM Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, explained: “As the country continues to emerge from lockdown and more vehicles inevitably return to the road, its vital that motorists remain vigilant and attentive when driving close to the Metrolink network – particularly in those areas where our trams run on the highway.
“Our M-5000 trams weigh almost 40 tonnes and have the potential to cause significant injury and damage if they are involved in a collision, so please take extra care when driving.
“Most collisions are down to motorist error, and by launching this campaign we are hoping to not only reduce the number of collisions between road vehicles and trams – and therefore reduce the risk of people getting injured – but also the additional consequences, such as the financial cost and the disruption caused to our customers.”
The clips, which have been shared on the Metrolink and TfGM social media accounts, show a number of collisions including a van driving straight into the front of a tram after failing to give way.
In another, the driver of a car attempts to leave a parking space but is met head-on by an oncoming tram.
And in a third, a white Mercedes van is sandwiched between two trams at the same time.
As well as the public campaign, the transport body is working with local councils and the tram operating company KeolisAmey Metrolink to make accident ‘hotspots’ safer.
One junction between Oldham Central and Oldham Mumps has recently been altered after tram drivers reported a number of ‘near misses’ with other road users at that location. Other work in other areas is said to be continuing.
Ben Kershaw, KAM’s Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE) Director, added: “KAM follows a stringent driver selection and training process, including psychometric testing, drug and alcohol screening, health and fitness checks and more than 300 hours of both theoretical and practical training before being approved to drive trams.
“As part of their initial and ongoing training and development, drivers undergo hazard perception testing, using a bespoke tram simulator to assess vigilance and awareness of the risks associated with driving in shared road space, including the unpredictable nature of motorists and pedestrians.”