Metrolink has revealed further details of its proposed zonal ticketing plan, including how much tickets will cost, as it prepares to introduce the system at the start of next year.
The new system will offer zone-to-zone travel rather than point-to-point tickets, and will reduce the number of fares available from 8,556 – the number of point-to-point combinations – to 10.
Transport for Greater Manchester agreed the zonal fares plan in July this year, following a public consultation.
Around 5,000 people responded to the consultation, with 73% of people saying they found the zonal system “easy to understand”, while 57% said it would be more convenient.
The zonal plan is based on concentric rings around the city centre, with zone one starting around the centre, moving out from zone two to four, covering different areas of Greater Manchester.
Terminus points Manchester Airport, Altrincham, Rochdale, and Bury, are all proposed to be in zone four, while East Didsbury and Ashton-under-Lyne are both in zone three, alongside the proposed termination point of the new Trafford Park line at the Trafford Centre.
Some stations – for example Brooklands and Stretford – sit on the border of two zones; a lower fare will be given based on the direction of travel. For example, a journey from Stretford to Sale is a zone 3 fare, while a journey from Stretford to Piccadilly is a zone 1 + zone 2 fare.
A pre-planned fare increase will also take place in early 2019 at a similar time to the new zonal system is adopted. Under the new fare system, annual tickets based on zones will typically be cheaper than under the previous system.
The new fare system is as follows:
Any single zone (1, 2, 3 or 4)
- Single: £1.40
- Daily travelcard (peak): £2.60
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £1.80
- 7-day: £10.20
- 28-day: £35.00
- Annual: £400.00
Two zones (1+2)
- Single: £2.80
- Daily travelcard (peak): £4.20
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £3.40
- 7-day: £17.00
- 28-day: £58.00
- Annual: £650.00
Two zones (2+3 or 3+4)
- Single: £2.40
- Daily travelcard (peak): £3.40
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £3.00
- 7-day: £14.80
- 28-day: £50.00
- Annual: £570.00
Three zones (1+2+3)
- Single: £3.80
- Daily travelcard (peak): £6.00
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £4.20
- 7-day: £24.60
- 28-day: £81.00
- Annual: £930.00
Three zones (2+3+4)
- Single: £3.20
- Daily travelcard (peak): £4.60
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £3.80
- 7-day: £19.80
- 28-day: £67.00
- Annual: £740.00
All zones (1+2+3+4)
- Single: £4.60
- Daily travelcard (peak): £7.00
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £4.80
- 7-day: £30.00
- 28-day: £98.00
- Annual: £1,110.00