Friday, 20 May 2011

New Trams for Oldham

Remember you saw it here first !! Yes an exclusive of the new trams coming to Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham. Due to austerity measures the modern electric units have been cancelled and a fleet of these 1 horse power trams have been ordered.

Of course I jest, but my humour is to help me overcome the frustration of being stuck in traffic every time I leave the house and try and travel around this side of Manchester. 
We lost our local train service over a year ago to make way for the new trams that are due to be running in 2011-2014 "ish" As I sat in a single line cue of traffic coming home through Ashton-under-Lyne tonight on what was a twin carriage way road, I realised why it was taking so long... I saw in one mile of cones, 2 men working on the new tram ground works. The poor guys are doing the entire job on their own !!! 
Why when the contract was awarded was there no stipulation on how many people were employed by the contractors ?? 
Don't try digging up every road from here to Manchester, these two chaps will never get that much rail laid !! Why not do one bit at a time ???  
Come on guys, hire another couple and we can have the trams twice as soon !!

The picture by the way, is of the trams on the promenade in Douglas (Isle of Man)


Anonymous said...

Sounds a bit like Guelph last summer. The buzzword around here was, "you can't get there from here".

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If there had been twenty men present, only two of them would've been working anyway!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi John .. extremely irritating - I agree .. I hate queuing. Logic seems to be missing there ..

Taking trains out of service seems stupid too .. if they rationalised everything .. had simple fares .. then I'd bet they'd have more people etc ..

Hope the 'ish' .. is 2012 than 2014! Cheers enjoy your non traffic queue weekend .. Hilary

Duckie. said...

Hope they are going to landscape it all afterwards or they will have Charlie on to them.
By the time its ready to open could be one of your children throwing the switch after a rise to stardom,well you can dream can't you!,they are, thinking it will be finished by 2014!!

Duckie. said...

Could be quicker by that horse!
Looking at it,where do Tameside get their planners from, Disneyworld? After that Blue and yellow monstrosity in the centre of Ashton was passed anything is possible, Why didn't they buy one of our old aircraft carriers and put that there, it would at least have blended in to the background!

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