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COVID-19 Light Rail Revenue Restart Grant (LRRRG)

Updated: Thursday 11 June

Greater Manchester Combined Authority have been allocated funding of £24.97 million as a contribution towards Metrolink’s forecast losses for the period of 17 March 2020 to 3 August 2020.

For the twelve week period from 17 March 2020 to 8 June 2020, £12.39 million (50%) of the allocated funding of £24.97 million is being used to subsidise the costs of operating the Metrolink network.

Due to patronage levels falling to circa 5% of pre-COVID19 levels, three 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; and
  • 26 May 2020 to date – 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.

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