Tram derailment: Driver resigns

The derailed tram

The derailed tram

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The driver of the tram that toppled over last month has resigned.

The news comes after Isle of Man Transport’s investigations into the Manx Electric Railway tram derailment have been completed.

The tram derailed and toppled onto its side during a routine shunting manoeuvre, which was carried out north of Laxey Station with no passengers on board.

It happened on July 7.

A press statement from Isle of Man Transport reads: ‘Isle of Man Transport engineers have established that the incident primarily resulted from a failure by staff to follow the operating procedure.

‘The motorman (tram driver) involved has since resigned.’

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Ian Longworth, the director of public transport, said: ‘The derailment resulted from the trailer fouling the points because a crew member did not follow the correct procedure.

‘The matter is now closed and there are no implications for our public tram services, which continue to operate safely according to the published timetable.’

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