three days free travel on Metrolink trams. But guess what? Northern Rail appear to be giving free train rides too. Today I caught the train from Gatley to Stockport via Manchester Piccadilly. The ticket office at Gatley was closed so I boarded the train expecting to pay whilst on the train, but no, nobody was interested in taking my money, so I eventually bought a ticket at Piccadilly anyway. I then boarded the train to Stockport and it was the same story; nobody checking the tickets either on the train or as you exit the station.
I am not a very frequent user of the trains, but if my journey today was anything like typical it might be tempting for some to always travel for free as it seems that nobody is interested in taking your money in return for a ticket. The abandonment of manned stations could very well be a false economy as there were at least fifty other people who got on and off the trains I used today and if many of them did not pay, it would have resulted in a significant revenue loss. If the railways are losing money - they ought to get their affairs in order by reopening ticket offices at all stations.