What new Metrolink zones mean for you

WHO ARE THE WIN­NERS AND LOSERS OF NEW TRAM FARE CHANGES?

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LOTTE COX char­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @ccox­men­media

NEW London-style zonal charg­ing is be­ing in­tro­duced on Metrolink next week – but what does it mean for pas­sen­gers?

Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester is bring­ing in a new zonal sys­tem to­mor­row, and will also axe re­turn tram tick­ets in favour of day travel cards.

You can use the tram for a whole day on the travel cards – but they are of­ten more ex­pen­sive than a re­turn ticket.

The change comes after an av­er­age fare rise 5.93 per cent last Satur­day, so, bar some ex­cep­tions listed be­low in our guide, most peo­ple are fac­ing a price hike.

The new sys­tem will see all stops di­vided into four zones.

Metrolink bosses in­sist a lot of pas­sen­ger fares will be ‘the same price or cheaper’ than if the fare rise had been in­tro­duced with­out zones.

Stephen Rhodes, TfGM’s cus­tomer di­rec­tor, said: “By in­tro­duc­ing a zonal sys­tem on Metrolink we are able to of­fer our cus­tomers sim­pler, con­ve­nient and more flex­i­ble fares.

“In ad­di­tion to these sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits, a lot of our cus­tomers’ fares will be the same price or cheaper.

“The main ex­cep­tion to this is short jour­neys within the city cen­tre.

“While these fares will go up be­cause of the net­work-wide price har­mon­i­sa­tion, it sup­ports our goal to pro­mote ac­tive travel, en­cour­ag­ing those who are able to think about walk­ing or cy­cling short jour­neys,” said Mr Rhodes.

LOSERS

Short-dis­tance hop­pers and four­zone trekkers If you are trav­el­ling be­tween stops in the city cen­tre then you will be out of pocket. Trans­port bosses are en­cour­ag­ing those who can to walk or cy­cle.

■ Pic­cadilly Gar­dens - Deans­gateCastle­field:

NOW: Sin­gle £1.20 Peak Re­turn £1.80 Off-peak Re­turn: £1.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £1.40 Any­time Trav­el­card £2.60 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £1.80 ■ St Peter’s Square - Vic­to­ria:

NOW: Sin­gle £1.20 Peak Re­turn £1.80 Off-peak re­turn: £1.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £1.40 Any­time Trav­el­card £2.60 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £1.80 Foot­ball fans head­ing to the Eti­had from town - and many of those trav­el­ling be­tween zones one and two - will also pay more. ■ Pic­cadilly - Eti­had sta­dium:

NOW: Sin­gle £2.60 Peak Re­turn £4 Off-peak Re­turn £3.20

ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £4.20 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card £3.40 ■ Vic­to­ria - Bowker Vale

NOW: Sin­gle £2.60 Peak Re­turn £4 Off-peak Re­turn: £3.20

ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £4.20 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3.40 Those trav­el­ling from the city cen­tre to the far edges of the net­work - or across four zones in­clud­ing the city cen­tre - will also pay more. Here are some ex­am­ples: ■ Pic­cadilly - Manch­ester Air­port

NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Off-peak Re­turn £4.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £4.60 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £7 Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.80 ■ Vic­to­ria - Bury

NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Off-Peak Re­turn £4.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £4.60 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £7 Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.80 ■ St Peter’s Square - Rochdale

NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Off-peak Re­turn £4.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £4.60 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £7 Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.80 ■ St Peter’s Square - Al­trin­cham

NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Off-peak Re­turn £4.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £4.60 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £7 Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.80

WIN­NERS

The Line Switch­ers Those whose jour­neys take them through the same zone twice or need to change lines stand to save.

It’s par­tic­u­larly ad­van­ta­geous if you can do your jour­ney with­out pass­ing into Zone 1 - so by avoid­ing the city cen­tre. Some pas­sen­gers will save over £1 on jour­neys like these. Those trav­el­ling on the left side of the map ben­e­fit the most be­cause they can travel be­tween lines by chang­ing at Corn­brook.

Here are some ex­am­ples of saver jour­neys: ■ Wythen­shawe - Eti­had sta­dium

NOW: Sin­gle £5 Peak Re­turn £7.60 Off-peak Re­turn £5.40

ZONAL: £4.60 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £7 Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.80 ■ Ec­cles - Manch­ester Air­port

NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Adult Off-Peak Re­turn £4.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £3.20 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £4.60 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3.80 ■ Sale - Eti­had sta­dium

NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Off-peak Re­turn £4.60

ZONAL: Sin­gle £3.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £6 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.20 ■ Dids­bury - Old Traf­ford

NOW: Sin­gle £3 Peak Re­turn £4.40 Adult Off-peak Re­turn £4

ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.40 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £3.40 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3 ■ East Dids­bury - Ec­cles

NOW: Sin­gle £3.80 Peak Re­turn £5.80 Off-Peak Re­turn £4.20 ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.40 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £3.40 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3 ■ Chorl­ton - Hollinwood NOW: Sin­gle £4.40 Peak Re­turn £6.60 Off-Peak Re­turn £4.60 ZONAL:Sin­gle£3.801-DayAny­timeTrav­el­card £6 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.20

The In-Between­ers

Some jour­neys give a mixed re­sult. Pas­sen­gers might be bet­ter off or the same with a sin­gle ticket, but worse off with some re­turn fares. ■ St Peter’s Square - Old Traf­ford

NOW: Sin­gle £3 Peak Re­turn £4.20 Off-Peak Re­turn £3.20

ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £4.20 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3.40 ■ Pic­cadilly - Ikea (Ash­ton)

NOW: Sin­gle £3.80 Peak Re­turn £5.80 Off-Peak Re­turn £4

ZONAL: Sin­gle £3.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £6.00 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.20 ■ Pic­cadilly - Ec­cles

NOW: Sin­gle £3 Peak Re­turn £4.20 Off-peak re­turn: £3.20

ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £4.20 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3.40 ■ Pic­cadilly - Dids­bury

NOW: Sin­gle £3.80 Peak Re­turn £5.80 Off-peak re­turn £4.20

ZONAL: Sin­gle £3.80 1-Day Any­time Trav­el­card £6.00 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £4.20 ■ Pic­cadilly - Chorl­ton

NOW: Sin­gle £3 Peak Re­turn £4.20 Off-Peak re­turn £3.20

ZONAL: Sin­gle £2.80 1-Day Any­time Tavel­card £4.20 1-Day Off-peak Trav­el­card: £3.40

Metrolink will in­tro­duce new London-style zonal charges to­mor­row

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