Free Metrolink travel to mark Clean Air Day

Metrolink is offering free travel on some services Credit: Eamonn & James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/PA Images

People using the Metrolink in Greater Manchester are to be offered free travel today to mark Clean Air Day.

The idea is to encourage people to help improve the quality of air and reduce pollution in the city region.

Transport for Greater Manchester, who operate the service, say it is part of a drive to encourage people to think about changing travel habits to improve air quality.

The company is also encouraging employers to consider flexible working hours for their staff so that they can take advantage of the free travel offer.

The offer applies for anyone using the service before 7 am or after 7 pm

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.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
The aim is to help improve air quality Credit: Eamonn&James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/PA Images