Manchester Metrolink Information
A light rail tram system, the Metrolink also known as the Manchester Metrolink began operations nearly twenty-five years ago. The system serves the region of Greater Manchester on 7 different lines. This 92 km long network, serves 93 stations in total with its ownership being different from those who operate it. The RATP Group is responsible for its operations, while its ownership lies with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). The metro already has an annual ridership of nearly 31 million, with further expansion already underway.
Manchester Metrolink Timings, Frequency and Schedule
The timings of the trams differ according to the days and so does the frequency. However, generally it begins operations at around 6:00 am in the morning and runs till 00:00 am, midnight. There are some days and some routes on which trains operate till 20:00 pm only. These are the timings for weekdays in particular. On Satudays, Sundays and other holidays, the timings just differ slightly and not too much. The frequency of trains differ from 12-20 minutes.
For detailed schedules, along with more information on the timings and frequency you can visit the official website at: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/tramtimes/Pages/default.aspx
Manchester Metrolink Fares, Tickets and Cards
There are various types of tickets available; single, return and season. Along with this, Travelcards are also available. Based on whether it is a single, return or season ticket the prices differ. Similarly, the timing is important as well. Different prices prevail at different hours. Primarily there are 2 different types of timings, peak hours and off-peak hours.
To find out the exact price, you can visit the official website at: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/tickets/Pages/ticketselector.aspx
Travelcards is another option. Adult Day travel cards cater for persons over 16 years and come in two types:
- Peak Adult day travel card at £7.00 and valid all day on weekdays.
- Off-peak Adult day travel card at £5.00 and valid after 09:30hrs on weekdays.
The weekend Adult travel card is valid from 18:00hrs on Friday to midnight on Sunday. The ticket goes for £5.80
Children day travel card carters for children between 5-16 years and come in two types:
- Peak Children day travel card at £2.90 and valid all day on weekdays.
- Off-peak Children day travel card at £2.00 and valid after 09:30hrs on weekdays.
Weekend children travel cards go for £2.70 and are valid from 1800hrs on Friday to Sunday midnight.
Children over 11years are required to provide an igo identification card with the ticket.
The Family Day travel card carters for 2 adults and 3 children. The ticket is only for off-peak hours and goes for £6.80. The Family Weekend travel card goes for £ 8.00 and is valid from 18:00hrs on Friday to Sunday midnight. It also carters for 2 adults and 3 children.
Travel cards provide for travel on the entire metrolink tram network. All tickets are valid all day on Saturday,Sunday and all banking holidays.
Children below the age of 5 travel for free with a fare paying adult, provided they don’t occupy an entire adult seat.
For detailed information on fares, tickets and cards and more, you can visit the official website at: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/tickets/Pages/Tickets-and-prices.aspx
Manchester Metrolink Parking
The Metrolink offers park and ride facilities. Parking facilities are available in all stations, with overnight facilities also available in some of the stations.
For more information with regard to the park and ride facilities available, you can visit the official website at: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/Pages/Park-and-Ride.aspx
Manchester Metrolink Rules and Tips
If a passenger is found on the Metrolink without a valid ticket or travelcard, a fine of £100 pounds or more, as decided by the Transport for Greater Manchester, has to be paid. The staff of the Metrolink have the right to refuse people who threaten, intoxicated people and those who they feel will cause an inconvenience. It is absolutely imperative that one is aware of their personal belongings as nobody other than them is responsible for them. Other than that, it is important not to make sure that your luggage is not an inconvenience for the other passengers. Nobody has the permission to litter or spit within the premises of Metrolink. Alcohol and food that will spoil the seats, etc is prohibited. Animals too aren’t allowed on the metro, with the exception of guide dogs for the disabled.
For more information on the rules and tips to know about while travelling on the Metrolink, you can visit the official website at: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/using-the-network/Pages/conditions-of-carriage.aspx
Manchester Metrolink Lines
The Manchester metrolink is a tram service that serves the Greater Manchester region. The tram service has seven route/ lines. These include the following:
- Altricham-Bury line
- Altricham-Picadilly line
- Bury-Abraham Moss line
- Conbrook-MediaCityUK line
- East Didsbury-Rochdale Town centre line
- Eccles-Ashton-under-lyne line
- Manchester Airport-Cornboske line
Manchester Metrolink Map