Metrolink driver assaulted at Rochdale light rail stop in latest violent incident on network


Police have opened an investigation after a streetcar driver ended up in hospital following an assault at a Metrolink stop.

The driver was on his break at the downtown Rochdale train station, known as a hotspot for network crime, when a man launched the attack on him.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they were called just before 7 p.m. Sunday, November 21 for the Smith Street incident.

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A spokesperson added: “A TFGM staff member reported being assaulted by a stranger while on a break.

Officers are investigating and investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) confirmed that one of their drivers was assaulted in Rochdale.

He added: “The driver returned to the depot and then went to the hospital for a brief period. The incident was reported and is currently under investigation by Metrolink and Greater Manchester Police. “

Test tram at Rochdale station

The incident is the latest in a series of crimes to take place on the Metrolink.

There was a 23 pc increase in antisocial behavior and reported crime in September compared to the same month in 2019, with 233 incidents in total.

Tram surfing – in which people stand in the back of a moving tram or stand between two cars on a double tram – also increased tenfold during this period.

There has been a “significant increase” in reported assaults, from nine in August to 28 in September – seven of which targeted staff.

In August, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed at the East Didsbury Metrolink stop.

Young people have been caught gathering and launching missiles at Radcliffe and previous reports have noted an increase in anti-social behavior among young people in Rochdale.


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In October, the spike in crime led to Transport Commissioner Chris Boardman’s pledge to step up policing on buses and streetcars.

Earlier this month, Danny Vaughan, director of Metrolink, told the Greater Manchester Transport Committee that “targeted joint operations” with GMP on the Bury, Rochdale and Ashton lines had resulted in some arrests. of passengers engaging in anti-social behavior.

Vaughan said these joint operations will take place more regularly now that police resources are not as strained as they were during the pandemic.

Anyone who has been able to see anything is invited to contact GMP. You can access the website at, or by calling 101 quoting log number 2531 as of 11/21/21.


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