Metrolink response setting out Cornbrook plan ….

Posted on October 29th, 2013, by The Chairman

A customer who has complained about the continuing problems at Cornbrook has had the following information from TfGM / Metrolink.

Tuesday 22 October, Metrolink Customer Services replied to (my complaint). The response is actually pretty interesting and includes details of Metrolink’s proposed short-term and long-term fixes, which I’ve not seen anywhere else. Feel free to refer to it next time the points fail at Cornbrook:

Mr Frost,

The point’s issues experienced at Cornbrook this week and previously have each related to separate point sets and each fault has come with its own set of technical circumstance; there is not a consistent or persistent fault but we fully appreciate that they have collectively had a compound effect on passengers’ journeys.

The signal and points issue that has been, affects all services operating through Cornbrook. It has been a matter of utmost urgency to resolve the issues; there is some urgency as it affects so many services south of the network.

There is a plan which involves night time work over the next few weeks to try and get to the bottom of the issues and resolve them. You will then hopefully see an improvement to the service.

Transport for Greater Manchester have set out a dedicated team today (Tuesday 22 Oct) which will be situated at Cornbrook points from 6am each morning and they will stay all day until the end of service, so if there is an issue at any point, someone will be able to rectify the problem quickly and hopefully this will not delay any more of your journeys.

Until the root cause of the issue is addressed this measure will be put in place to reduce the number of incidents running through this particular junction.

Whatever the cause of the disruption to the service may be, the management of these situations is paramount so we can offer the best advice, information and if necessary replacement to the tram service. I am sorry that your recent experiences when travelling on the Metrolink system have not be satisfactory.

From your feedback it appears on this occasion we have failed in our commitment to customer care on. For this there is no excuse and we can only once again sincerely apologise and assure you that in response, we’ve undertaken an immediate review and updated our procedures to ensure that we are not affected by a similar event.

I sincerely hope that your recent experience will not prevent you from travelling on the Metrolink system in the future.

Yours sincerely
Lauren Jackson
Customer Experience Team

(Thanks to our Secretary, Paul Wilkinson for this item).

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