Councillor Sykes welcomes success of dogs on trams trial

Oldham councillor Howard Sykes has praised the success of a trial allowing dogs on trams across Greater Manchester. He was speaking at the meeting of Greater Manchester Transport Committee on Friday 14 October, where he reminded the committee, they rejected just such a proposal from him and the Liberal Democrats back in November 2015.

Councillor Sykes added “This is something I have been campaigning on for years, so I’m pleased to see the trial going so well. This is a common sense move and I look forward to seeing dogs, and their responsible owners, on trams being made permanent.”

Shaw Councillors Howard Sykes, Chris Gloster and Hazel Gloster at the Shaw tram stop

The GM Mayor introduced the three-month pilot allowing up to two well-behaved pet dogs per passenger on trams and a supporting survey is due to close on 31 October. A decision whether this will become a permanent arrangement is due to be made and, in the meantime, dogs will still be permitted to travel on the Metrolink network.

Councillor Sykes said, “This is the last chance for people to provide their views via the live online survey available on the dedicated ‘Dog on Trams’ webpage. TfGM have received a good response to the survey so far and are keen to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to share their views.”

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