Metrolink tram 3022 has been named ‘Spirit of Manchester’ and given a special livery that pays tribute to the incredible response of the communities across Greater Manchester following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on 22 May. It ran on the network for the first time in the new design on 4 June, the day of the One Love Manchester event at Old Trafford cricket ground. Metrolink offered free travel to and from the all-star event, which raised over GBP2m (EUR2.3m) for families affected by the attack on 22 May.
The new tram design is inspired by the worker bee, which has become an iconic Manchester symbol.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “The incredible spirit of the people of Manchester has been what has sustained us all since last week. The Manchester Bee has taken on a new significance over recent days and it is fitting that we display it proudly on the Metrolink as many of us head to what will be a memorable and moving event.”
Transport across Greater Manchester was left severely impacted in the days following the devastating terrorist attack at Manchester Arena (UK) in the evening of 22 May that saw 22 killed and 59 injured.
New Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling were among those to lay wreaths at Victoria station on the morning of 30 May, the first day that full timetabled services returned to the transport hub that sits adjacent to Manchester Arena. The station suffered minor structural damage in the explosion and the area surrounding it was subject to forensic investigations for days after the attack.
Mr Burnham said: “Victoria station’s reopening is an important statement about our city’s recovery from this devastating attack. It continues to send out the message that we will not be bowed, we will not be divided, and we will stand together.”
Elsewhere on the network, road changes that will remain in place during the Trafford Park line’s construction came into effect in May. Work includes utility diversions, installing 5.5km (3.4 miles) of track and overhead line infrastructure, building six new stops and highway alterations.