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Wirral trams halted over safety concerns
7:00am Sunday 21st October 2012 in News
SAFETY concerns have halted Wirral’s heritage trams for the foreseeable future.
They came to light during a routine safety audit.
A Wirral Council spokesman said that safety regulations covering railways and other guided transport systems required tram operators to have a suitable safety management system in place.
The council, he said, had recently conducted an internal health and safety audit which questioned whether safety arrangements on Wirral’s Tramway complied with the regulations.
Following the audit it was recommended that no trams should operate while their concerns are investigated.
There will be no tramway service for the foreseeable future while a working group is established to review the tramway’s management system and structure.
The working group will be tasked with bringing forward an action plan to develop a safety management system that will comply with the requirements of the regulations.