Cushing Fender
Cushing, left, and Fender celebrate the Second City Crossing's completion

Cushing steps down at Metrolink

With the Second City Crossing now operational, Peter Cushing has formally handed over the leadership of Manchester’s Metrolink to Danny Vaughan.

Vaughan has been Cushing’s deputy since joining Transport for Greater Manchester from Luas, Dublin’s light rail network in 2013, and takes a new title, head of Metrolink.

Cushing, who took the reins at the start of that year from Philip Purdy, will continue in a part-time capacity to oversee the change in operator from RATP Dev UK to KeolisAmey this summer.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “Peter has been outstanding. He has played a vital role in successfully delivering one of the country’s largest transport projects in the Metrolink expansion.

“During his tenure – which, with the short-term impacts of the expansion felt most keenly, has been one of the most challenging periods in the network’s history – we have seen record-breaking patronage and year-on-year increases in passenger satisfaction.”

Cushing said: “It feels like a fitting point in time to end my tenure and I can think of no better person to pass the mantle to than Danny, given his vast experience in the light rail industry and his fantastic approach to working with all the partners involved.”

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Let us hope that Danny does something about the awful crime on Metrolink ,due to too many people having a free ride.I rarely use it,because I don’t want to be a participant,in Jeremy Kyle on tour.Every day there is an incident of violence,racism,homophobia, etc etc.I lived in London for 5 years and never saw one incident on the Underground,because it is properly policed.

By Elephant

I too have lived many years in London and can confirm there are some awful goings on on the tram system in Manchester…Is the Salford Precinct Re-enactement Society on rails….

By Schwyz

The problem with this system,it was done on the cheap.The stations have no means of preventing these undesirables mounting the trams.Even the Termini are without barriers and none of the City centre stops are enclosed,so I doubt people travelling from Market Street to Piccadilly pay often.The Inspectors are in packs and generally tackle easy targets.They want powers to ban these morons from using the Metrolink,but how on earth can they stop them?

By Elephant

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