Was it really three years, two months and two weeks since Shaw’s rail link was severed? Where did the time go? Most of it seemingly went by zombie style to Manchester or Oldham, either by car or aboard the 59. From today, the good people of Shaw and surrounding area got their rail link back, albeit in the form of the Metrolink.
Trams operate every 12 minutes seven days a week. Sunday services operate every 15 minutes with its 12 minute frequency in operation from 0900 to 1730. The 15 minute Sunday service equals the weekday frequency of the original British Rail/Northern Rail service, and a great improvement on the predecessor’s Sunday operations.
There has been a positive response to the extension with reports of the first tram from Shaw, at 0650 this morning, being packed! Metrolink staff were there to help passengers board their trams and purchase their tickets. Photography was also encouraged with enthusiasts seen outside Shaw, Derker and Oldham Mumps tram stations.