Its been a fair few years since we last had three trams with the same advert but that is what we have on Manchester Metrolink as three of the M5000s have received vinyls for the #GetOnBoard Transport for Greater Manchester campaign. The three trams noted with the adverts are 3059, 3061 and 3081.
The #GetOnBoard campaign is aimed at encouraging more people to travel on public transport in Greater Manchester with new lower bus fares having been introduced at the start of September, but only initially as a temporary one year measure. A page on the Transport for Greater Manchester website seeks to show people the best ways to travel affordably and sustainably with information of fares, where to buy tickets and those who can get discounted travel.
Three trams have been noted in the special livery which features a white background and the Get On Board slogan many times. There is contravision on the windows although this does not completely cover them.
The advert is the first for 3059 but 3061 and 3081 have previously had ads. 3061 advertised Babyliss in September/October 2019 whilst 3081 has had adverts for IKEA (May-December 2019) and Starling Bank (July/August 2022).
This now means 47 different M5000 have carried adverts (if you include the T68s, 3059 is the 49th Metrolink tram to be receive a vinyl wrap advert) and in total there have been 71 adverts (with some being identical on different trams – 75 including the T68s).
Meanwhile, 3069 has lost its advert for IKEA which were first applied in September 2021.