Transport

Metrolink commuters to get a free ride – for one day only

By Ben Clough at

Metrolink is to give all commuters a free ride – but there’s a catch.

To mark Clean Air Day next Thursday, June 21st, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced that all travel will be free for one day only.

However, the freebie only applies if you’re catching a tram before 7am or after 7pm.

It’s a move to encourage people to think about changing travel habits to improve air quality.

TfGM is also encouraging employers to consider flexible start and end times for their staff so they can take advantage of the free travel offer.

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced the free travel offer to coincide with Clean Air Day

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham 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.”