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Metrolink supports Manchester Pride

Pride wristband holders will, once again, be given free city centre Metrolink travel during The Big Weekend.

From the first tram on Friday 28 August to the last service on Monday 31 August, all Pride wristband wearers can board trams, free of charge, between participating ‘City Zone’ stops, including Deansgate-Castlefield, Market Street, Shudehill, Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly.

The city zone stops will be branded to make it clear to those visiting the city where they can travel to and from for free.
Work to build a brand new line of tram track through St Peter’s square is now complete and trams will be running in both directions on a single line of track through the square from Friday 28 August. The stop will remain closed as work continues on the construction of a new stop.

As a further show of support for the event, contractors working on the Metrolink Second City Crossing have been invited to wear sparkly hammer stickers on their hard hats to support the ’25 years in the making’ glittery construction theme.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “We have run this offer for the last few years now to not only show our support for the LGBT community, but also to help people enjoy their time in the city and travel safely during the event.

“It is excellent news that tram links will be restored across the city in time for Pride, but I would urge people to check out the changes to the services before travelling and allow plenty of time to travel for what is expected to be a very busy weekend across the city.”

For more information on road closures, diversions and general travel advice click here.

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