Metrolink fares to be frozen – for now

Transport for Greater Manchester have confirmed that there will be no fare rises on any Metrolink fares in January although this is only likely to delay the increases with paper tickets being reviewed at the end of August 2015 and get me there smart tickets in January 2016.

The decision has been taken as a result of the disruption to services caused by the improvement works being undertaken across the network. This includes the works at Victoria and Deansgate-Castlefield as well as the start of construction on the Second City Crossing (2CC). As soon as the work is finished at Deansgate-Castlefield attention will be turned to St Peter’s Square.

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “A substantial amount of improvement works have already been carried out across the Metrolink network and we would like to thank our customers for their patience while these works have taken place. This transformation is, however, ongoing and while these works will deliver significant long-term benefits for all Metrolink users and the wider city region, we do recognise that they can cause short-term disruption for some passengers. In response to this we have taken the decision to freeze fares for as long as possible, which means there will be no price rises on paper products until August next year and no price rises through to 2016 for those people who adopt get me there once it becomes available.”

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