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Remove the ban of dogs on Greater Manchester Metrolink trams

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In an age where we are encouraged to use public transport for the sake of the environment & to ease congestion it is important that responsible dog owners can travel on all forms of public transport with their dog.

They can currently use taxis, buses & trains around Greater Manchester but are excluded from the Metrolink.

Metrolink state that this is due to Transport for Greater Manchester regulations. They also state they are unable to carry dogs as their trams are not built to accommodate them & in doing so would turn Metrolink trams in to a zoo! However Transport for Greater Manchester allegedly have asked Greater Manchester Metrolink Network to review this; so far no one is accepting responsibility for this discriminatory rule. It is worth noting that no other mode of public transport is built to specifically carry dogs but they seem to cope well. I have never seen an influx of dogs traveling on trains or buses, just because they can; it is rarely more than 1 or 2 ever seen at any one time, taking up little more room if any than a suitcase or a few shopping bags!

Transport for London who carry significantly more passengers are able to cope very well. Their conditions for carriage of dogs are:

"You can also travel with any other dog or domestic animal, unless there is a good reason for us to refuse it (such as if the animal seems dangerous or is likely to upset other customers).

You must keep it under control on a lead or in a suitable container, and must not allow it on a seat. Staff can't take charge of any animal.

You must carry animals on moving escalators or through automatic ticket gates."

Metrolink is due to expand its line to Sale Water Park a dog haven in addition to Heaton Park which it already services as well as other great dog walking areas such as Oldham, Rochdale & Bury to name a few. Travel on Metrolink to these areas with dogs would not only provide dogs & their owners with an opportunity to explore new areas but would provide additional revenue to the businesses in these areas.

Furthermore to add insult to injury travel services were removed from some of these areas that previously permitted dogs to travel!

It is time Transport for Manchester stopped discriminating against dogs & their owners & fell in line with London & other European cities affording the residents & visitors to Greater Manchester a comparable service.

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An interesting true story to illustrate the plight of dogs & their owners:

My sister was returning home to England after living & working in Poland. She was traveling with her dog Sirius. The journey took over 3 days from Sopot Poland via Germany & Holland to Manchester England by 1 taxi, 5 trains, 1 ferry, 1 bus & 1 London underground tube only to be stopped in their tracks at the last leg - a 20 minute tram journey that would have taken them to within a few feet of their final destination! She was extremely frustrated & I was extremely embarrassed!

Sirius was impeccably behaved for the duration of the trip, he stayed off the seats, did not bother other passengers (although several passengers wanted to meet him!) & crossed his legs until he could have a comfort break. This is because his owner is responsible & took responsibility for him throughout their long journey!

This is in stark contrast to young children running about screaming & apparently out of control, delinquent teenagers messing about & taunting other passengers, other passengers littering, arguing, listening to loud music & pick pocketing, drunks urinating, throwing up & breathing their fumes over other passengers; etc etc etc all frequently seen traveling on the Metrolink & at times in full view of Metrolink staff.

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