22 September 2017

Metrolink fare changes to be discussed by council leaders

A number of proposed changes to Metrolink fares are set to be discussed by the region’s council bosses.
 
Leaders will be asked to approve the introduction of a phased three year fares increase from January 2018, in line with the results of the Metrolink fares survey that ran for eight weeks over the summer.
 
Of the 5,025 people who responded to the survey, 3,944 (78%) opted to spread the increase over three years.
 
This will see an estimated rise of 4% (split into 1.33% per year) – plus the annual RPI+1% over the course of the next three years. That means Metrolink fares will rise on average by 5.93% from January 2018.
 
This increase is required as Metrolink revenues cover both network operating costs and the costs of borrowing secured to pay for Metrolink’s expansion programme.
 
Other changes to Metrolink fares due to be discussed at the meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on 29 September include:
  • Harmonising all child fares across the Metrolink network, bringing them to 50% of the adult fare across the board
  • Increasing the cost of a special event ticket – held at the same price since 2012 – from £3 to £4
  • Introducing a discounted 5-18 special event ticket (priced at 50% of the revised adult price)
The paper also sets out proposals that would cut the cost of travel for young people aged 16 to 18. 
 
If approved, the change would see the cost of an off-peak day or weekend ticket cut in half. The fare increases that were consulted on over the summer do not subsidise the fare cut for 16-18 year-olds.
 
This latest move to support young people across Greater Manchester comes just weeks after the launch of a similar scheme introduced on Greater Manchester’s bus network.
 
Both moves support Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s manifesto to extend discounted travel to the region’s young people – with those who have a 16-18 get me there smart card eligible for the offer.
 
The Mayor said: “I am committed to putting young people at the heart of my manifesto and a key part of that was to open up opportunities for 16-18 year olds in Greater Manchester. There is still a way to go but half-price travel on our Metrolink, together with half-price bus travel, are steps in the right direction.
 
“I remain absolutely committed to the introduction of free travel for all 16-18 year olds and will continue working towards that ultimate goal – ensuring young people can more easily access jobs, training, education and all the other opportunities that Greater Manchester offers.”
 
For more information on Metrolink services visit www.metrolink.co.uk, call Metrolink Customer Services on 0161 205 2000 or follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for live travel updates.

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