As we’re now in December everything is geared towards the countdown to Christmas and with Manchester open for Christmas this year Metrolink have launched a new “Open for Christmas” campaign encouraging people to travel using the tram to enjoy days out with friends and family.
A new website – http://christmas.tfgm.com/ – has been launched which provides people with ideas for fun-packed days, exciting nights out and festive events. That could be a night out at Heaton Park for the Lightopia Festival (including heritage trams on the Heaton Park Tramway at weekends too!) or a food tour from Altrincham food market as well as visiting secret hideouts in the Northern Quarter.
After you’ve chosen where you want to go the website will generate the best way to get there including advice on the nearest tram stop.
Of course, although Manchester is very much open this year there is still the ever present Coronavirus and as part of the campaign passengers are reminded that (unless you are exempt) that face coverings are mandatory on Metrolink (as they have been throughout). Various Covid measures remains in place including enhanced cleaning and people are encouraged to try and travel at quieter periods.
Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, said: “Open for Christmas is a great way to make the most of the festive season by travelling with Metrolink and supporting local businesses at the same time. I’d also like to remind people that services will be busier during the festive season, so remember to check our website and across our social media channels before you travel. Also consider travelling at quieter times if you can and remember to wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt. This is now a legal requirement and is intended to help make sure you, and those around, have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.”
There will also be prizes up for grabs over Christmas and more details of these will be available at https://christmas.tfgm.com/competition.