Early risers and evening commuters will be able to help reduce air pollution with free Metrolink travel on Clean Air Day (Thursday 21 June 2018).
For one day only, anyone catching a tram before 7am or after 7pm can travel without buying a ticket.
The move, by Metrolink owner Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), is part of a drive to encourage people to think about changing travel habits to improve air quality.
TfGM is also encouraging employers to consider flexible start and end times for their staff so they can take advantage of the free travel offer.
Road transport is largely responsible for some of the most dangerous air pollutants in Greater Manchester, including nitrogen dioxide and particulates.
Vehicle exhausts can produce harmful gases and tiny particles of soot and other matter that cause health problems and harm our environment. Metrolink, by contrast, is powered by green energy and trams are zero-emission at street level.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is backing the region’s second Clean Air Day, calling on people to pledge to make a change.
Pledges include leaving the car at home just one day a week, car-sharing when possible, working from home regularly, walking and cycling more – and encouraging friends to do the same.
Andy said: “It’s great to see Metrolink get on board the Clean Air Day campaign with this free travel offer.
“Short of cycling and walking, there’s no greener way to travel around Greater Manchester than by tram.
“We breathe in polluted air every day and we all need to take action to help change things. If everyone makes a small change it will add up to a very big difference for local air quality.
“I encourage drivers to take up this free travel offer on Clean Air Day to see if tram-travel is something that could work for them.”
TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, added: “Our trams are zero-emission at street level and are powered by electricity produced from modern, cleaner and greener sources such as wind-power.
“While services can get busy during peak times, this free travel offer is aimed at encouraging people to think about changing travel habits.
“Choosing to travel outside peak hours, when trams are less busy, can help reduce the peaks in air pollution caused by commuter car journeys, one of the main sources of air pollution.”