As was reported late last year fares on Manchester Metrolink went up from Wednesday 2nd January 2013 by an average of 4.2% – making it four of our light rail systems (Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink and Midland Metro have also seen rises) to put fares up as a new year begins. Although outline details had previously been announced by Transport for Greater Manchester no exact details of how the fares were raising had been revealed.
It is a mixed bag of fare changes for travellers on Metrolink as some have not been changed whilst others have increased by as much as 5.8%. TfGM have claimed that over half (51%!) of fares have actually remained as they were previously although this will be of little consolation to those people affected by the increases. In fact the 2013 fare rise is a lot smaller percentage wise than the last two increases with fares rising an average of 6.4% in 2012 and 6% in 2011.
Examples of fare rises given in the Manchester Evening News include:
Peak return fares
Bury to City £5.90 (was £5.60)
Eccles/MediaCityUK to City £3.70 (was £3.50)
Altrincham to City £6.20 (was £6.00)
St Werburgh’s Road to City £3.70 (unchanged)
Oldham Mumps to City £5.00 (was £4.80)
Annual season tickets
Bury to City £960 (was £930)
Eccles/MediaCityUK to City £545 (was £530)
Altrincham to City £960 (was £950)
St Werburgh’s Road to City £590 (unchanged)
Oldham Mumps to City £800 (was £760)