Metrolink update – July 2017 ….

Posted on July 14th, 2017, by The Chairman

Metrolink customers are being invited to have their say on how fares will change from January 2018. The Metrolink Fare Survey will ask customers to choose between two options for increasing fares, before a final decision is made by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) this autumn.

The increase in Metrolink fares comes at the end of a transformational £1.5 billion programme of construction that has seen the network treble in size with new lines now running to MediaCityUK, East Didsbury, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton and Manchester Airport.

This year saw the final piece of the programme fall into place when Second City Crossing opened offering new links and more frequent trams through Manchester city centre.

Completion of Second City Crossing means that the network now comprises a fleet of 120 trams, 93 stops across seven lines and more than 60 miles of track spanning a system that is now the largest of its kind in the UK. Last year saw more than 37 million passenger journeys made by Metrolink.

Second City Crossing was a major construction programme that took three years to complete and during that time fares have been held at 2014 prices in recognition of the impact of the programme on Metrolink passengers.

Customers can take part in the eight-week Metrolink Fare Survey by visiting “Fares Survey”. It’s open from Monday 26 June through to Friday 18 August.

For the full TfGM Press Release click here.

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