Free Metrolink travel for Clean Air Day

As part of Clean Air Day on Thursday 21st June passengers travelling on Manchester Metrolink before 0700 and after 1900 will be able to travel without a ticket as part of a drive to encourage people to think about changing travel habits to improve air quality. Normal fares will apply at other times of the day with employers being encouraged to allow flexible start and end times for their staff so they can take advantage of the offer (but if anyone wants to take advantage at both ends of the day it will be a long old day at work!)

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “It’s great to see Metrolink get on board the Clean Air Day campaign with this free travel offer. Short of cycling and walking, there’s no greener way to travel around Greater Manchester than by tram. We breathe in polluted air every day and we all need to take action to help change things. If everyone makes a small change it will add up to a very big difference for local air quality. I encourage drivers to take up this free travel offer on Clean Air Day to see if tram-travel is something that could work for them.”

Road transport is largely responsible for some of the most dangerous air pollutants in Greater Manchester and Clean Air Day seeks to encourage people to consider alternative ways to travel.

Danny Vaughan, TfGM Head of Metrolink, said: “Our trams are zero-emission at street level and are powered by electricity produced from modern, cleaner and greener sources such as wind-power. While services can get busy during peak times, this free travel offer is aimed at encouraging people to think about changing travel habits. Choosing to travel outside peak hours, when trams are less busy, can help reduce the peaks in air pollution caused by commuter car journeys, one of the main sources of air pollution.”

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