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New Metrolink fares are now online

Lee Howarth

You can now see how Metrolink fare changes will affect your journeys from January next year.

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By using the handy online ticket selector you'll be able to check out ticket prices before they come into effect in January 2018.

Metrolink fares will rise on average by 5.93% - but the overall percentage increase will vary between individual tickets.

The new fares include an increase of around 4% (split into 1.33% per year) – plus the annual RPI+1% over the course of the next three years. As Metrolink receives no public subsidy, any fares revenue pays for the rise in network operating costs.

This summer we ran an eight-week survey that asked you for your preference on how the fare increase should be applied. Just over 5,000 people responded, with 78% opting to spread the cost out over three years.

The fare changes follow a four year fare freeze in recognition of the £1.5bn programme to expand the Metrolink network into the UK’s largest tram system.

New lines have been introduced across Greater Manchester to MediaCityUK, East Didsbury, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Airport. The final new line, through Manchester city centre, opened earlier this year.

A fleet of 120 trams now runs to 93 stops across seven lines, carrying more than 40 million passenger journeys a year.

Read the full news release for more information.

Sustrans Bike Life Report 2017

Lee Howarth

“Bike Life 2017 will help Transport for Greater Manchester, local councils and other partners plan for the future and build the right infrastructure, support and culture to ensure we meet our ambition to transform Greater Manchester into one of the UK’s leading cycling city regions.”

- Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester

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Cyclestreets.net - Journey Planner

Lee Howarth

Cycle Streets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists.

As an example the link below shows the route for a cyclist travelling at a balanced speed from Sale (Tatton Road) to MediaCityUK (M50 2EQ).

The journey time is estimated at 31 minutes and turn by turn directions are provided.

https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/59869627/#balanced

More experienced cyclists can choose a more direct route to travel at higher speeds.

 

Trafford Park Metrolink Line - Traffic Management Update

Lee Howarth

Dear recipient,

I would like to provide you with advance notice of urgent Metrolink work in Trafford Park this evening.

Village Way will be closed from 6pm to 7pm today from Parkway Circle to Village Circle to allow urgent repairs to the carriageway. The work will take place at this time when there is less traffic travelling towards the city centre.

Please note that there will be a signposted diversion route in place for this work and access to businesses will be maintained. However, if possible, please avoid the area between 6 and 7pm.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the above, or feel you or your business would benefit from a meeting or information event, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team at MetrolinkTPL@tfgm.com or call us on 0161 244 1555 (lines open during office hours).

Kind Regards

Karen Aldcroft,
Public Liaison Officer, Metrolink Projects.
Transport for Greater Manchester,
2, Piccadilly Place, Manchester,M1 3BG.
Information Line: 0161 244 1555  
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A guide to cycling in the dark

Lee Howarth

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When the clocks go back at the end of October it can be easy to forget that suddenly we are left with one less hour of daylight in the evening. Therefore it’s important at this time of year to think ahead and make sure you're prepared for cycling in the dark.

Sustrans, the charity that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle, has provided a useful guide that can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Tis the season to plan your travel

Lee Howarth

As Greater Manchester heads towards the end of another year, commuters, tourists and visitors are being advised to plan well ahead to ensure a festive season filled with Christmas cheer.

To ensure a stress-free run into Christmas, planners at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have been working hard to make travellers’ journeys across the region as easy as possible.

But before the decorations go up and the carols are sung there are fireworks to look forward too – with a number of Bonfire Night displays taking place over this coming weekend– with the largest events happening on Sunday 5 November at Heaton Park, Wythenshawe Park and Platt Field’s Park.

Additionally, Manchester City host Arsenal at The Etihad on the same day, with the game kicking off at 2.15pm. That means fans will be leaving at the same time as people are heading out to the displays.

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend these events, meaning the region’s roads are likely to be busier than normal. To ensure people have a choice of how they want to get around, TfGM is providing as much additional public transport as possible, meaning this will be the best option to get to the numerous great events and displays.

A handy travel advice page is available to help guide customers get around on Bonfire Night. TfGM has also put together a Christmas across the region travel advice page to help you to keep you moving on your Christmas travel and shopping trips.

Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs will also be hosting various star-studded light switch-ons and other festive events over the coming weeks. The website details what’s going on where and when and provides advice on how best to complete your journey.

Trams, trains and buses are all likely to start getting busier than normal and operators are looking to provide as much additional capacity as possible. Customers are advised to plan ahead and allow additional time.

Transport operators will also be providing additional staff throughout the festive period and many of the region’s events will have enhanced security measures in place.

TfGM’s Events and Operational Coordination Manager, Ryan Carter, said: “The festive season is always a busy time of the year for Greater Manchester, and this year is no different.

“We want everyone travelling to these events, both for Bonfire Night and over the Christmas period, to have a fantastic time.

“To ensure transport is stress free and easy we have been working hard to develop detailed travel plans help keep our customers moving.”

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “Year on year Christmas in Greater Manchester continues to grow and attract more and more visitors to the region.

“It’s vitally important our transport links are able to cope with this extra demand and provide our customers with viable options when travelling across the city.

“Having these plans in place allows visitors to have a drink and enjoy themselves, but also get to and from their destination safely.”

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.