Greater Manchester Combined Authority have been allocated funding of £124 million as a contribution towards Metrolink’s forecast losses for the period of 17 March 2020 to 4 October 2022.

The allocated funding has been used to subsidise the costs of operating the Metrolink network.

Due to patronage levels falling to circa 5% of pre-COVID19 levels during the intial lockdown period, six interim service patterns have been in operation since 23 March 2020:

  • 23 March 2020 to 5 April 2020: a daily 12 minute service across all lines between 06:00 (07:00 on Sundays) and 23:00, supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing;
  • 6 April 2020 to 25 May 2020: a daily 20 minute service across all lines between 06:00 (07:00 on Sundays) and 22:00, supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing;
  • 26 May 2020 to 21 June 2020: a daily 12 minute service (20 minute service on Sundays) across all lines between 06:00 (07:00 on Sundays) and 22:00, supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing; and
  • 22 June 2020 to 4 July 2021: a daily service operating between 06:00 and 23:00 (07:00 on Sundays) supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing, with a 10 minute service operating across all lines between the following times:
    • Monday to Friday – 06:00 to 19:00
    • Saturday – 08:00 to 18:00 (08:00 to 20:00 effective from 8 August 2020)

and a 20 minute service operating across all lines at all other times.

  • 5 July 2021 to 5 August 2021: a daily service equivalent to the pre-COVID19 service patterns (see below supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing), with the following differences:

    • A daily 12 minute frequency operating on the Ashton line; and
    • The first tram on the Airport Line at 06:00 (07:00 Sunday).
  • 6 August 2021 to 30th August 2021: a daily 12 minute service across all lines between 06:00 (07:00 on Sundays) and 00:00, supplemented with additional doubles where possible.

  • 31 August 2021 to 5 September 2021: a daily service equivalent to the pre-COVID19 service patterns (see below supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing), with the following differences:
    • A daily 12 minute frequency operating on the Ashton line, East Didsbury Line and Rochdale line; and
    • The first tram on the Airport Line at 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
  • 6 September 2021 to Date: a daily service equivalent to the pre-COVID19 service patterns (see below supplemented with additional doubles where possible to assist social distancing), with the following differences:

    • A daily 12 minute frequency operating on the Ashton line; and
    • The first tram on the Airport Line at 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)

These interim service patterns compare against the following Pre-COVID19 service patterns:

Altrincham

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 6 minutes between 07:00 to 20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 – 18:30 Saturdays, 12 minutes at all other times


Bury

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 6 minutes between 07:00 to 20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 – 18:30 Saturdays, 12 minutes at all other times


Eccles

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 6 minutes between 07:00 to 20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 – 18:30 Saturdays, 12 minutes at all other times


Ashton

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 6 minutes between 07:00 to 20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 – 18:30 Saturdays, 12 minutes at all other times


East Didsbury

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 6 minutes between 07:00 to 20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 – 18:30 Saturdays, 12 minutes at all other times


Rochdale

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 6 minutes (between Shaw and Crompton and City Centre only) between 07:00 to 20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 – 18:30 Saturdays, 12 minutes at all other times


Manchester Airport

First tram - 03:00
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 20 minutes between 03:00 and 06:00 (07:00 Sunday), 12 minutes at all other times


Trafford Park

First tram - 06:00 (07:00 Sunday)
Last tram - 00:00 (01:00 Friday and Saturday)
Frequency - 12 minutes


Patronage levels

A table showing weekly number of trips and the percentage compared to Pre-COVID levels.

Week Ending: Number of Trips % of Number of Trips Pre-COVID
15/03/2020 732,609 87.33%
22/03/2020 370,025 44.11%
29/03/2020 84,112 10.03%
05/04/2020 57,101 6.81%
12/04/2020 44,008 5.25%
19/04/2020 40,872 4.87%
26/04/2020 45,595 5.44%
03/05/2020 45,804 5.46%
10/05/2020 48,142 5.74%
17/05/2020 52,254 6.23%
24/05/2020 58,234 6.94%
31/05/2020 68,683 8.19%
07/06/2020 86,480 10.31%
14/06/2020 91,887 10.95%
21/06/2020 122,975 14.66%
28/06/2020 141,073 16.82%
05/07/2020 159,166 18.97%
12/07/2020 204,188 24.34%
19/07/2020 217,956 25.98%
26/07/2020 239,564 28.56%
02/08/2020 240,945 28.72%
09/08/2020 251,712 30.01%
16/08/2020 253,429 30.21%
23/08/2020 258,818 30.85%
30/08/2020 303,169 36.14%
06/09/2020 301,931 35.99%
13/09/2020 335,157 39.95%
20/09/2020 340,460 40.59%
27/09/2020 328,584 39.17%
04/10/2020 318,181 37.93%
11/10/2020 318,292 37.94%
18/10/2020 308,719 36.80%
25/10/2020 286,109 34.11%
01/11/2020 260,021 31.00%
08/11/2020 244,172 29.11%
15/11/2020 193,788 23.10%
22/11/2020 195,851 23.35%
29/11/2020 198,964 23.72%
06/12/2020 265,124 31.60%
13/12/2020 279,572 33.33%
20/12/2020 289,465 34.51%
27/12/2020 174,598 20.81%
03/01/2021 134,028 15.98%
10/01/2021 130,645 15.57%
17/01/2021 125,205 14.93%
24/01/2021 124,725 14.87%
31/01/2021 134,220 16.00%
07/02/2021 137,038 16.34%
14/02/2021 138,322 16.49%
21/02/2021 142,704 17.01%
28/02/2021 159,774 19.05%
07/03/2021 166,862 19.89%
14/03/2021 189,950 22.64%
21/03/2021 216,143 25.77%
28/03/2021 205,087 24.45%
04/04/2021 219,192 26.13%
11/04/2021 183,764 21.91%
18/04/2021 347,112 41.38%
25/04/2021 366,874 43.73%
02/05/2021 358,739 42.76%
09/05/2021 314,569 37.50%
16/05/2021 340,656 40.61%
23/05/2021 392,575 46.80%
30/05/2021 438,966 52.33%
06/06/2021 415,210 49.50%
13/06/2021 409,041 48.76%
20/06/2021 402,501 47.98%
27/06/2021 405,870 48.38%
04/07/2021 398,259 47.48%
11/07/2021 388,819 46.35%
18/07/2021 401,233 47.83%
25/07/2021 383,520 45.72%
01/08/2021 358,554 42.74%
08/08/2021 298,353 35.57%
15/08/2021 378,601 45.13%
22/08/2021 407,357 48.56%
29/08/2021 471,638 56.22%
05/09/2021 454,093 54.13%
12/09/2021 584,955 69.73%
19/09/2021 522,158 62.25%
26/09/2021 613,288 73.11%
03/10/2021 558,847 66.62%
10/10/2021 605,879 72.23%
17/10/2021 550,691 65.65%
24/10/2021 578,516 68.96%
31/10/2021 549,906 65.55%
07/11/2021 574,086 68.44%
14/11/2021 599,097 71.42%
21/11/2021 617,608 73.62%
28/11/2021 620,133 73.92%
05/12/2021 646,009 77.01%
12/12/2021 620,129 73.92%
19/12/2021 546,503 65.15%
26/12/2021 341,073 40.66%
02/01/2022 325,251 38.77%
09/01/2022 354,749 42.29%
16/01/2022 458,004 54.60%
23/01/2022 489,942 58.40%
30/01/2022 498,469 59.42%
06/02/2022 535,074 63.78%
13/02/2022 558,782 66.61%
20/02/2022 473,877 56.49%
27/02/2022 540,067 64.38%
06/03/2022 519,345 61.91%
13/03/2022 592,037 70.58%
20/03/2022 581,084 69.27%
27/03/2022 484,297 57.73%
03/04/2022 637,170 75.96%
10/04/2022 551,925 65.79%
17/04/2022 538,805 64.23%
24/04/2022 527,415 62.87%
01/05/2022 593,853 70.79%
08/05/2022 577,298 68.82%
15/05/2022 582,207 69.40%
22/05/2022 637,435 75.99%
29/05/2022 591,715 70.54%
05/06/2022 545,460 65.02%
12/06/2022 714,924 85.22%
19/06/2022 655,826 78.18%
26/06/2022 586,705 69.94%
03/07/2022 611,039 72.84%
10/07/2022 646,949 77.12%
17/07/2022 596,848 71.15%
24/07/2022 522,965 62.34%
31/07/2022 597,770 71.26%
07/08/2022 620,153 73.93%
14/08/2022 566,581 67.54%
21/08/2022 525,269 62.62%
28/08/2022 662,210 78.94%
04/09/2022 583,123 69.51%
11/09/2022 607,561 72.43%
18/09/2022 626,039 74.63%