Metrolink fare changes to be discussed by city leaders

A number of proposed changes to Metrolink fares will be discussed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) this Friday, 29 September.

Council leaders will be asked to approve the introduction of a fares increase that will be introduced in January 2018 and phased across three years.

With ticket prices increasing by 4% (split into 1.33% per year), plus RPI, that means Metrolink fares would rise on average by 5.93% from January 2018. Increases will go towards the expansion programme of Metrolink, with nearly 80% of people surveyed advising the cost to be spread across multiple years rather than being immediately imposed.

Other changes to Metrolink fares due to be discussed at the meeting include:

  • Simplifying Metrolink child fares, making them 50% of the adult fare

  • Increasing the cost of a special event ticket, from £3 to £4

  • Introducing a discounted special event ticket for 5-18 year olds (50% of the revised adult price)

The meeting will also decide on proposals that would cut the cost of travel for young people aged 16 to 18.