1. Noisy passengers
We’ve all been there – looking out the window, trying to enjoy the scenery, when a loud conversation strikes up or someone decides to shout into their phone.
Tram 101: Always bring headphones.
— Peter Richards (@PeterRich81) September 15, 2017
Sitting on the tram to Manchester……didn’t realize it was possible for someone to talk for half an hour without breathing #shutup
— Diane Travis (@dee_trav) November 22, 2017
2. They’re always packed
Leaving us NO personal space when you’re wedged between two people, pretending you’re absolutely fine. Time to double the tram size.
3. Getting an absolute sweat on
It’s hot, it’s sweaty, you’re stood within an inch of the next person and before you’ve even made it to work you’re already dripping in your own body juice.
Some fares are due to increase from January 2018, according to Metrolink, so you may have to stop getting that Starbucks coffee on the walk from the tram stop to work.
It seems even the smallest thing can cause delays these days.
So one tram breaks down and destroys the entire Metrolink for Manchester?
— Tom Askey (@askey84) August 22, 2017
What’s lasts longer than the West Indies innings?.
Waiting for a Manchester metrolink tram
— David John (@DavidJo64345326) August 20, 2017
6. Inconsiderate passengers
When people hog the seats with their bags and all you want to do is enjoy your 25 minute tram ride sitting down.
— PB (@paulabevan82) July 26, 2017
7. Ticket Machines
Waiting for the ticket machine to free up when your tram leaves in 1 minute is an experience to say the least. Not to mention the queues that build up during peak times, or discovering the machine isn’t working. But hey, it’s all part of the Manchester experience, right?
8. Replacement services
Suddenly, the trams aren’t running, but you’ve already bought your ticket. There’s news of a replacement bus, or even worse, a regular bus, and it’s the time when everyone is going home. Chaos.
I bet a solid 75% of First Bus’s profits in Manchester come from Metrolink paying them to accept tram tickets when they stop working
— Daniel Walsh (@DanielWalsh12) July 22, 2017
9. Our best friends aren’t allowed to ride with us
Dogs aren’t allowed to travel on the trams in Manchester, not even if they promise to be super quiet…
— MisHelenEous | Gifts for Home & Hound (@misheleneous) June 23, 2017
10. When the information isn’t clear…
…and people start asking important questions like: “How do I tram?”
So…. I’m moving to Manchester tomorrow. How do I tram? (Seriously, how do I take a tram? Do they give change? Do I have to ask for a certain stop or does one price cover all stops on the route?)
— Luke (@rabbitsreturn) November 18, 2017
11. Embarrassing situations
Sometimes trams can be TOO quiet. Especially when you’re about to do a massive sneeze or your stomach rumbles, and suddenly everyone looks your way. Dire.
Someone almost sat on my knee on this tram, if this was down south in that there London, it would have got tasty. As it’s North and Manchester “it’s alright fella, don’t worry about it” with smiles all round.
— Dave (@mcfcnorthstand3) November 25, 2017
12. There’s always something going wrong
Like the ‘crash’ of November 10th that devastated the whole system.
— Sophie Morris (@itssophiemorris) November 10, 2017
— Charlie Schouten (@charlieschouten) November 10, 2017
For some people, however, public transport can be an enjoyable experience, even with the rain beating down on the windows and crowds of people piling through the doors.
— ????????TimmyLDN?????????????????????????????????? (@TimmyLDN) November 14, 2017