Metrolink strikes are expected to severely hamper mobility around Salford and the Greater Manchester area this Sunday. 

The slated walkout of tram drivers comes as thousands of runners limber up to participate in the Manchester Marathon.

Marathon participants and spectators are to be prioritised as the tram operator hopes to run a limited service, subject to driver availability.  

The industrial action has materialised as a result of tram drivers belonging to the Unite trade union rejecting a minimum five per cent, two-year pay award. 

TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, said: “If you are heading out, on public transport or in the car, please plan ahead and allow extra time. Roads and services will be busier, particularly in Trafford, Salford and Manchester city centre, and delays are expected.” 

Mr Vaughan also advised the public to check and plan their journeys in advance, sighting the Metrolink website and social media channels as the best outlets for updates. He also recommended that people walk or cycle where possible to reduce traffic. 

Tram services are equally expected to be disrupted this Saturday as emergency engineering works are set to take place near to the Deansgate-Castlefield metro stop.

Further strikes are scheduled for 10, 15, 18 and 24 October. More detailed information concerning travel this weekend and beyond can be found on the TfGM website. 

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