£1 tram tick­ets to end at Christ­mas

EARLY-BIRD METROLINK SCHEME IS JUST A PI­LOT TO EASE CON­GES­TION ON ROADS AND WILL STOP ON DECEMBER 24

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

TRANS­PORT bosses have re­leased more de­tails about the £1 Early Bird Metrolink ticket of­fer - con­firm­ing it will only be avail­able un­til Christ­mas Eve.

The Early Bird scheme is aimed at eas­ing con­ges­tion on Manch­ester’s roads and hopes to ease the strain of travel costs for sea­sonal, part-time and shift work­ers.

Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester have con­firmed the scheme will be­gin this Mon­day.

It will only be avail­able on week­days up un­til Christ­mas Eve as part of a pi­lot.

Travel bosses will then an­a­lyse the results of the trial, be­fore the po­ten­tial launch of a longer-term ‘pre­peak’ ticket of­fer.

There will be two types of ticket for com­muters:

An ‘Early Bird’ ticket which must be bought be­fore 7am and al­lows un­lim­ited travel across the Metrolink net­work. The fi­nal jour­ney must be com­pleted by 7.30am.

An ‘Early Bird Plus’ ticket which costs £3 and must also be bought be­fore 7am. It gives pas­sen­gers un­lim­ited travel on all Metrolink ser­vices un­til 7.30am as well as un­lim­ited travel be­tween 1pm and 3.30pm and un­lim­ited travel from 7pm un­til the last tram. The tick­ets are only avail­able on the ‘Get me there’ app and can­not be pur­chased at Metrolink ticket ma­chines. Mayor of Greater Manch­ester, Andy Burn­ham, said: “Con­ges­tion is a ma­jor prob­lem that is af­fect­ing peo­ple’s lives on a daily ba­sis.

“Ad­di­tional trams and tram lines, im­proved cycling and walk­ing in­fra­struc­ture and the Manch­ester and Sal­ford In­ner Re­lief Route works will all help in the long run, but they will take time to bear fruit.

“The Early Bird is one of a range of mea­sures be­ing in­tro­duced to help im­prove things here and now and in ad­vance of the busy fes­tive pe­riod, mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to re-time their jour­ney and avoid the traf­fic by try­ing the tram.”

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.tfgm.com/early­bird .

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