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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 £44.03 million as a contribution towards Metrolink’s forecast losses for the period of 17 March 2020 to 26 October 2020.

For the twenty week period from 17 March 2020 to 3 August 2020, the allocated funding is being used to subsidise the costs of operating the Metrolink network.

Due to patronage levels falling to circa 5% of pre-COVID19 levels during the lockdown period, four 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 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.
  • 22 June 2020 to date: 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)

A 20 minute service is operating across all lines at all other times.

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