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2018 Metrolink fare changes agreed

Lee Howarth

A meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday 29 September agreed Metrolink fare changes from 1 January 2018.

16-18 year olds who hold a get me there card will have cheaper travel after council leaders agreed to cut the cost of an off-peak day or weekend Metrolink ticket in half.

From January Metrolink fares will rise on average by 5.93%, as part of a phased three year increase.

This includes an estimated rise of 4% (split into 1.33% per year) – plus the annual RPI+1% over the next three years.

Other changes agreed today include:

  • Children aged 5-16 will now pay 50% of the adult fare across the board.
  • Special event tickets – held at the same price since 2012 – will rise from £3 to £4.
  • A new discounted special event ticket will be introduced for 5 to 18 year olds for £2, at half the adult price.

The decision to phase the fares increase was made after 78% of people who took part in an 8-week Metrolink fares survey opted to spread the increase over three years.

Metrolink receives no public subsidy, so any fares revenue from the increases pays for the rise in network operating costs.

The increase will also cover the costs of borrowing secured to pay for the recent major tram network expansion programme.

The overall percentage increase will vary between individual tickets. More information on fares will be available on later this year.

For more information on Metrolink services visit, call Metrolink Customer Services on 0161 205 2000 or follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for live travel updates.