Metrolink announce 6% fare increase for 2018

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

A new fare indicator shows Metrolink fares rising by an average of 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.

The increase follows a four year fare freeze in recognition of the £1.5bn programme of work that was taking place to expand the 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.

It also takes into account customer feedback submitted during an eight-week survey over the summer. Just over 5,000 people responded, with 78% of people opting to spread the cost of price rises out over three years.

Stephen Rhodes, Customer Director for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said: “Since announcing that fares will increase in January our customers have been eager to see the new ticket prices and so today we’re introducing a ticket selector on our website to make that possible.

“We recognise that there’s never a good time to increase fares but we hope that our customers understand the reason why they now have to increase following the four year freeze.

“The money we get from fares goes back into the network to cover operating costs and the costs of borrowings taken to expand the system.”

Metrolink is now the largest UK tram network, operating a fleet of 120 trams carrying more than 40 million passenger journeys a year.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant