Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced the introduction of new zonal areas for Metrolink ticket fares, in an attempt to simplify current systems.
The change is due to be considered by the council this week, and would replace the current ticket system with a four zone system similar to London’s travel network.
The change, if approved, could be introduced early next year (2019), and would simplify the current fare combinations to 10 zone-based fares, TfGM said.
The new zonal areas for Manchester Metrolink
Organisers say that the new system will give better ‘value for money’, bringing it in line with similar tram services across Europe.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, said: “The fares and ticketing system in Greater Manchester is too complex, too disjointed and in need of an overhaul.
“I speak to a lot of people who ask me: ‘Why can’t we have a system like London?’ – and it’s a fair question, as anyone who’s travelled there knows just how ahead they are when it comes to fares and ticketing.
“But, devolution gives us the opportunity to put this right and develop a system that is simple, convenient and offers better value for money.
“We’re already seeing signs of this; we’ve introduced combined bus and tram tickets to our smart cards and will see contactless payment introduced on Metrolink later in the year.
“But zonal is the real building block that will set the foundations for a system that is integrated, that allows people to swap seamlessly between modes, offers the freedom to enjoy more journeys for the same price and represents a fair fare for all.”
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