Christchurch tram breaks down with John Key in the driver’s chair – what’s new?

PM’s tram ride doesn’t go too smoothly


Prime Minister John Key was on hand to open the Cashel Street extension to the rebuilt Christchurch tram line. He unveiled a plaque and was given the opportunity to drive the tram down Cashel street.

Stacy Squire:

Prime Minister John Key’s inaugural ride on Christchurch’s new tram loop had a minor hiccup when the tram’s trolley pole detached from the overhead line.

The tram, driven by Key, lost power and came to a standstill.

Tram staff scrambled to place the trolley pole back on the line and it then operated normally for a trip up and down Cashel St mall.

Key was in Christchurch today for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup, but attended the opening of the tram loop’s new extension this morning.

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