Members of the Armed Forces are now able to travel for free on Metrolink out-of-uniform after Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) reaffirmed its Armed Forces Covenant.
Regular or reserve members will be able to travel for free after 9.30am Monday to Friday all year round, including all day on weekends and Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day, as long as they carry their military identification card.
There is no need to purchase a ticket, all you need to do is produce your Military ID card to an inspector if requested.
Dr Jon Lamonte, TfGM’s Chief Executive, a former Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force, said:
“We are always proud at TfGM to support our Armed Forces.
"Now that our Armed Forces will be able to travel for free of out-of-uniform, I hope many more of them will be able to take advantage of this offer.
“Alongside this, the covenant pledges a range of other measures to show we are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation and I hope many other transport operators across our city-region follow our example.”
Veterans carrying their veterans badge or military identification, will also be able to travel for free all day on Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day. Cadets travelling in uniform will also be able to travel for free on those days.
This agreement improved the previous offer which enabled members of the Armed Forces to travel for free as long as they were wearing their uniform.
The Armed Forces Covenant at TfGM also pledges a range of other measures to support the Armed Forces, including: working with the Royal British Legion, supporting TfGM staff who choose to serve as members of the reserves, and supporting service members’ spouses and partners who are employed at TfGM.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:
“The reaffirmation of TfGM’s Armed Forces Covenant demonstrates their commitment to serving personnel, veterans and their families, and the value we place in their contribution to society.
“Greater Manchester is determined to do the right thing by serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces Community, and it’s great that TfGM have improved their offer of free travel. Making travel easier for the Armed Forces Community."