Liberal Democrats welcome U-turn allowing dogs onto trams for a trial period

Pet dogs will be allowed on Greater Manchester trams during a three-month trial, with a two dog per passenger rule.

Oldham’s Liberal Democrat Leader, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, said: “It’s common sense to allow dogs on trams so I’m glad that Transport for Greater Manchester have finally listened. You can take a dog on a bus or a train with no problem. This trial should be made permanent. We want to see more people encouraged to use public transport so moves like this are very welcome.”

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

Councillor Sykes’s Liberal Democrat group have previously called for pets to be allowed to travel but the move was blocked by Labour and Conservative councillors (see links below).

Councillor Sykes said, “Hopefully this initial trial period results in something more permanent and responsible dog owners can continue to enjoy the benefits of the tram network.”

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Labour and Conservative councillors join up to block Lib Dem proposal to allow a trial for dogs on trams | Howard Sykes (


Petition to allow dogs on trams | Howard Sykes (

Lib Dem dogs on trams trial blocked by Labour and Conservative councillors | Howard Sykes (

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