Contactless journeys pass the million mark
Metrolink’s contactless payment system hit the million-journey mark at the weekend, just four months after its launch on 15 July.
This milestone for the new payment system shows that people are quickly adopting the easy-to-use way to pay.
Contactless cuts out the need to buy a paper ticket or download the app - passengers simply use a contactless-enabled device, such as a bank card, phone or smart watch, to ‘touch-in’ and ‘touch-out’ at tram stops at the start and end of their journey, with the system working out their fare, up to a daily cap.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “I’m pleased that Greater Manchester residents and our many visitors are taking advantage of contactless payments on Metrolink.
“It’s making tram travel easier, and opening up our region to jobs, leisure, skills and education opportunities. This is another step on our way to the integrated, London-style transport system we want to see here.”
December is Metrolink’s busiest month, with approximately 300,000 extra journeys expected to be made, and Transport for Greater Manchester’s Christmas campaign is full of inspiration to help customers get the most out of their Metrolink ticket.
TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for Metrolink, with lots to see and do right on our doorstep.
“We expect to see somewhere in the region of 10 thousand extra journeys being made every day throughout December.
“Many of those customers will be occasional users visiting the festive markets, socialising, or working in seasonal jobs, and contactless is the ideal way for these people to pay for their travel.”
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Notes to editors
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for delivering Greater Manchester’s future transport strategy and commitments.
We also deliver a wide range of day-to day public transport and active travel services and projects to keep the city-region moving and growing.
With around six million journeys a day, we’re working hard to make travel easier through a better connected and well-informed Greater Manchester. To find out more about TfGM please visit tfgm.com/about-tfgm.