The Metrolink is changing as Manchester prepares to reopen its shops

New measures are being introduced to help the Metrolink accommodate rising numbers of passengers when lockdown eases.

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Many retailers are set to welcome back customers on 15 June – leading to a subsequent increase in staff and shoppers boarding Greater Manchester’s tram network.

Metrolink officials have confirmed that a number of changes are being made to accommodate higher numbers of passengers as lockdown eases.

According to Mayor Andy Burnham, this will include the creation of “a timetable with enough space for social distancing”.

Here’s what you need to know about how the Metrolink will be operating.

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From Monday (15 June), it is compulsory to wear face coverings on board the Metrolink and any other form of public transport. Young children and those with breathing difficulties are the only people who are exempt from this rule.


Passengers will need to remain 2m apart wherever possible (platform signage and ground stickers have been installed) and use contactless payment when purchasing a ticket.

A “rigorous anti-viral cleaning regime” is also in place, with trams cleaned nightly.


Hand sanitiser dispensers are also due to be added at stops in the future.

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Single tickets will no longer be available on the “get me there” mobile app from 15 June, as Metrolink attempts to tackle fare dodgers who only buy tickets on their phones when they see inspections taking place.

However, a new Clipper tram ticket can be purchased from Monday – allowing customers to buy a book of tickets and use them whenever they need to.


For commuters, a contactless early bird bonus has been designed to help them save money when travelling before 7am on weekdays.

From 22 June, the Metrolink will be adding extra trams to its service to make social distancing easier, with frequency increased to 10 minutes.

For more information on Transport for Greater Manchester’s Safely Opening regime, visit the TfGM website.