Metrolink boosting capacity on busy lines during festive period, running new 2am services on Fridays and Saturdays

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have announced that during the run up to Christmas, Metrolink passengers will benefit from increased capacity and more frequent services, with trams running from Manchester city centre until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

From Saturday 23 November until Sunday 22 December, as TfGM prepares for an expected 10,000 additional passengers to use the network each day, timetable changes will see Metrolink’s busiest lines run a six-minute service in the evening until 9pm.

Currently, Metrolink’s last weekend service from St Peter’s Square to East Didsbury departs at 00.48am.

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The new timetable will see that change to 01.48am.

Within a statement shared by TfGM, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I am committed to improving Greater Manchester’s transport system and one of the things I want to see is later running public transport.

“I’ve been working closely with TfGM and Sacha Lord [Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester] to look at how we can improve night-time transport and help people get home quickly and safely after work or after a night out. So, I’m really pleased we can introduce these enhancements, which will be a welcome boost for the many people that will be working, shopping or socialising over the Christmas period.

Details of the enhanced timetable will be available from www.tfgm.com from 17 November. 

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