Ahhhhhhhhhh – it’s not often us Mancs receive GREAT news about public transport in our city, but when the rare occasion comes along we’re sure as hell going to make the most of it.
Transport for Greater Manchester has announced that travellers using Manchester Metrolink services before 7am and after 7pm on Thursday 21st June will be able to travel for FREE, in a scheme hoping to highlight the importance of air pollution in GM.
‘Clean Air Day’ is happening in Manchester on Thursday 21st June, and if you’re an early riser or out on the town that evening you can travel on Metrolink services without buying a ticket.
— TfGM (@OfficialTfGM) June 12, 2018
Mayor Andy Turnham, who is backing the scheme, 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.”
TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, added: “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.”