A collision between a tram and a child cyclist near to Audenshaw tram stop, Greater Manchester, is being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).
The accident took place at around 19:25 on 1 September 2021. A tram travelling on the Manchester Metrolink system struck and seriously injured a child cyclist on the East Manchester tram line, between Audenshaw and Droylsden tram stops, at the junction of Droylsden Road and Kershaw Lane.
Trams run ‘on-street’ at this location. The cyclist involved was crossing Droylsden Road at a ‘Puffin’ pedestrian crossing, which is controlled by road traffic and pedestrian signal lights.
The RAIB investigation will seek to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident. It will also consider:
- The design and configuration of the crossing which the cyclist was using;
- How the design and operation of the crossing was risk assessed;
- The relevant legislation and industry guidance which deals with the design and configuration of pedestrian crossings where trams run ‘on-street’;
- Any relevant underlying factors.
On completion of its investigation, the RAIB will publish its findings, together with any recommendations to improve safety for the future.