TRANSPORT chiefs have decided not to allow non-assistance dogs to travel on trams.

The decision follows a public consultation, in which around 2,400 online and Metrolink passenger surveys were completed.

A thorough hazard identification and risk assessment was conducted by TfGM officers and feedback was also considered from assistance dog groups and health groups.

A number of key risks were identified during this process that raised concern over the safety of passengers and welfare of dogs.

Transport chiefs also considered the policies of other light rail networks, train operating companies and Greater Manchester bus companies.

Members opted not to develop a limited trial into the potential for dogs to be carried in a suitable pet carrier or closed basket.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is a very emotive issue for a variety of reasons and this decision is certainly not one that has been taken lightly.

“We’ve asked for considerable evidenced-based feedback from officers and listened carefully to Metrolink passengers, dog owners and assistance dog groups and health groups.

“Metrolink operates as a high-frequency, high-volume, unstaffed system and there is no representative available on board to assess the potential risk posed by animals."