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Metrolink Fares To Increase In January

New Islington station to become part of City Zone

Written by . Published on December 6th 2013.

Metrolink Fares To Increase In January

METROLINK fares are set to increase in January 2014.

But don’t start returning all of the Christmas gifts yet. It's only a small increase.

“At a time when local authorities are facing significant budget pressures, it is vital that Metrolink can cover its own operating costs without any burden on the public purse.

Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee have agreed the annual Metrolink fares review, meaning fares will rise by RPIX +1% in January (RPIX being an evaluation of inflation).

Meaning that in January 2014 Metrolink fares will increase by an average of 4.2%. Details of specific 2014 fare increases will appear on the Metrolink website on Monday 9 December. Here’s a rough idea of what a 4.2% increase looks like:

Adult Peak Single from Piccadilly to Deansgate/Castlefield: £1.10 (new price £1.15).

Adult Off-Peak Return from City Zone to Burton Road: £3.80 (new price £3.95).

Adult Peak Return from Bury to Eccles: £6.70 (new price £7).

A statement from Transport for Greater Manchester reasons that the slight increases are to ‘meet operating costs and to contribute towards the £1.5 billion Greater Manchester Transport Fund’, a fund investing in extensions and improvements across the network.

In addition to the small fare increases and prompted by customer feedback, New Islington station shall now fall into the City Zone and quarterly season tickets and four-adult day Travelcards shall be withdrawn.

New Islington stationNew Islington station

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “At a time when local authorities are facing significant budget pressures, it is vital that Metrolink can cover its own operating costs without any burden on the public purse.

“The Retail Price Index indicates how much operating costs have changed in the past year in real terms, and fares increase by that level to meet those costs. Put simply, what cost £100 last year now costs £103.20, and that needs to be accounted for.

“But Metrolink is, of course, in the midst of unprecedented investment, growth and exciting change. By 2016, the network will have trebled to 60 miles in size, with 94 trams serving 93 stops across a number of new lines.

“At the same time, we are in the final stages of replacing all 32 of the original trams with brand new vehicles as part of a near-£200 million fleet investment, and we’ve opened a second, state-of-the-art depot and operational HQ in Trafford.

“The Victoria, St Peter’s Square and Deansgate-Castlefield stops are also about to be transformed as part of the Second City Crossing. Metrolink fares continue to offer value for money, particularly for season ticket holders.”

TfGM's Second City Crossing (2CC) is a proposed new Metrolink route through the city centre. The route will run from the Deansgate/Castlefield stop, through St Peter’s Square, along Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street, re-joining the existing Metrolink line just outside Victoria Station.

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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

rinkydinkDecember 6th 2013.

One word: Cornbrook

StephenDecember 6th 2013.

"It's only a small increase" Actually it's two increases for many of us. The withdrawal of the quarterly ticket plus the uplift. And they claim to be offering "value for money, particularly for season ticket holders"

StephenDecember 6th 2013.

And besides, it's a significant increase given that so many of us are having to put up with below inflation pay rises, or none at all.

Paul Stone-ShawDecember 7th 2013.

Shame they can't improve their reliability equally proportionally

DavidDecember 7th 2013.

Manchester itself does not have the population to support the amount of shops and restaurants it has,it relies on attracting people from the rest of Greater Manchester and Cheshire.But the cost of tram and train fares from those towns into Manchester has been rising enormously over the last decade.Coming into Manchester by train or tram is becoming prohibitively expensive.It is mistake as it will only lead to more people shopping online and even more empty shops in the city centre.Compared to any of the tram systems in a France Metrolink is extremely expensive.You can go anywhere on trams in Bordeaux,for €1.60 and the ticket is valid for one hour..

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AnonymousDecember 8th 2013.

David: do you also have information on the level of state subsidy of the trams in Bordeaux, to aid your comparison?

StephenDecember 8th 2013.

The new machines (with that stupid name) are currently operating for a trial scheme prior to roll out. I hadn't noticed them until last night, as there is usually so many people waiting for the trams to arrive. First one I saw was kiboshed.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2013.

Anonymous: Do you not think the state should subsidise essential services to make them affordable to the majority?

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JoanDecember 8th 2013.

Yes I do, in many circumstances. However I asked the question because David said Bordeaux Trams were cheaper, and seemed to be criticising Manchester for being being more expensive. The comparison needs comparative subsidy figures to be valid. I also wondered whether the commentator was the same David who's always moaning about state intervention.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2013.

All the fuss about this being inflation linked doest explain why we get +1% above RPIx.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2013.

"The Retail Price Index indicates how much operating costs have changed in the past year in real terms". Really? I'd have thought how much Metrolink's operating costs have changed would indicate that better than the retail price index.

AnonymousDecember 9th 2013.

I don't see how they can justify the increase in cost. The tram service is shockingly poor already. It's consistently late (usually due to some prior technical failure), it's always busy and there are never enough double tram units to accommodate the number of people using the service so you find yourself waiting around because you simply can't get on the tram. A price increase doesn't mean the service will improve.

Jonathan MoranDecember 9th 2013.

it will only effect the hard working private sector without index linked pensions and pay rises. The paper pushers in the public sector get free/subsidised travel/gyms etc as we all know anyway...

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StephenDecember 9th 2013.

You are joking I hope? Or deluded!

Johnathan MoronDecember 9th 2013.

Erm no, I know exactly what I'm talking about.

Liz Capita SercothwaiteDecember 9th 2013.

What about us outsourced employees? This must mean we only intermittently hard working and partially over-rewarded.

AnonymousDecember 10th 2013.

I really don't think we all know that, on account of the fact it's not true.

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