West Midlands Metro is introducing an improved timetable and amended fares as the tram operator gears up for its network expansion.
When other transport operators increased their fares earlier this year the Metro froze ticket prices, but after a comprehensive review of ticket options and services in advance of opening the Grand Central to Centenary Square extension, the company is now increasing the cost of its fares.
The increases will mean 4-week adult pass holders who currently pay £74 will have to pay £77, whilst 4-week child pass will pay an extra £1.50 a month with their passes increasing to £38.50.
New fares will be introduced from 8th December and whilst some are increasing, the company said customers will save money on a number of single and return ticket options and also when travelling between Bilston and Wolverhampton. As a result of the changes, the overall cost of travelling by tram has increased by just 0.7 per cent – well below the rate of inflation.
The new timetable will be launching on 1st December 2019 and includes more frequent services on Sundays as well as an extension to peak period services throughout the week. Other changes will assist passengers in connecting to early morning rail services from Wolverhampton to London.
Carl Williams, Director of Operations at West Midlands Metro, explained: “We are committed to offering excellent value for money. Tram travel is still one of the least expensive public transport options in the region and we want to keep it that way.
“Clearly our network is growing with the latest extension due to open as soon as final testing and commissioning has been completed.
“As a result, we’re launching a new and improved timetable covering an additional two stops in the heart of Birmingham City Centre and, having frozen prices at the beginning of 2019, we are introducing a new fare structure at the same time.
“Some customers will actually see savings as a result of the changes. Where there have been modest increases they’ve been kept to a minimum and any additional revenue will help fund future improvements to our expanding network.”