Major risk to cyclists in Manchester.
There are reports of injuries as people come off their bikes on the tram tracks, particularly at the Cemetery Road Metrolink stop.
If you have fallen and injured yourself on a cycling route which goes over the tram tracks we’d like to speak to you.
Legal action launched against city transport authorities
A husband and wife injured in the same cycling accident on a Manchester tramline have launched legal action against city transport authorities.
Mr and Mrs Leader, from Swinton, who are both experienced cyclists, sustained multiple injuries after coming off their bikes on the tramline on Ashton New Road in February of this year, outside the Jolly Carter pub.
Specialist cycling lawyers are calling for a safety review, calling the tramline and the lack of clear signage as ‘perilous’ for cyclists.
Mike Leader, 58, tore the rotator cuff ligament in his shoulder and has now had an operation while his wife Jane, 56, broke her humerus in two places forcing her to take extended time off work.
She now requires weeks of hydrotherapy followed by physiotherapy sessions to aid her in her recovery.
Local pub goers have seen several cycling accidents at same crossing
Witnesses claim a man recently had quite a serious accident on his bike in the same sport and five competitors from the Great Manchester Bike Ride also fell off their bikes, requiring two ambulances to be called.
Mr Leader said: “After cycling past the tram station at Cemetery Road Station, the tram line re-joined the road at an acute angle and my bike slipped into the tram track causing me to come off at speed and crash onto the ground. Unfortunately Jane was travelling behind me at a similar speed and suffered the same fate as me: coming off her bike when her wheels became lodged in the diagonal tram track. We both ended up on the road in a lot of pain.
“We were really thankful to a district nurse and police who were in cars close by and also a staff member from the Jolly Carter pub who came out to help us.
“It will take us time to get back on our bikes after this experience and I am really concerned about how many other people could injure themselves at similar crossings.”
Manchester’s Metrolink is going through a £1.5 billion investment project which will see tram transportation triple in size. Figures from Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) found the number of cyclists involved in accidents with a tram had tripled between 2013 and 2014.
Quentin Underhill, a personal injury lawyer from Manchester firm, Birchall Blackburn Law, is calling for a review of safety at the crossing:
“Signage for cyclists around some tram stops is completely insufficient and poorly thought out. I’m a cyclist myself and the crossings are perilous.
“The routes that are meant to divert cyclists around the tram tracks are unclear and instead cyclists are missing key directions, getting their wheels stuck in the tramlines and coming off their bikes.
“Local witnesses who helped the Leaders said there have been many other accidents. We’d like to hear from them and also others that have suffered a cycling injury here to help improve cycling safety.
“Mr and Mrs Leader have suffered as a result of their injuries. We are now in the process of legal proceedings against a consortium of companies responsible for the Metro lines.”