Some good news for travellers on Manchester Metrolink following the announcement that fares are set to remain at 2014 levels with no increase planned as part of the 2016/17 transport budget. The proposal was approved by councillors on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and has been reached in recognition of the continued disruption experienced on the network due to the city centre transformation works which are currently causing service changes through St Peter’s Square.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We’ve achieved a huge amount over the past year, with the first phase of the Second City Crossing now up and running to Exchange Square and the major transformations of the Deansgate-Castlefield and Victoria Metrolink stops complete. But it is important we thank Metrolink customers for their patience and for sticking with us throughout these important improvement works and that we recognise the disruption the works have caused. Along with the decision to hold fares at 2014 prices, which is great news for all our customers, the construction of the Second City Crossing is continuing at pace and the network will be running better than ever before by the end of the year with a new stop open in St Peter’s Square and the end of single line running. This important work forms a major element of a coordinated £1 billion transport investment package which, along with bus priority measures, new and improved cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements, will transform transport into and across Manchester city centre.”