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Season ticket loans

Season ticket loans

General information

The University can provide eligible employees with an interest free loan to enable the purchase of public transport annual season tickets.  For even greater savings some transport operators offer special discounts to University employees.

How the scheme works

You can apply for a bus, tram, train or “County Bus “annual season ticket and the University will purchase it on your behalf. You then repay the cost of the ticket by monthly instalments directly from your salary.

How to qualify for a season ticket loan?

You must be a salaried member of the University, paid monthly through the payroll system and have a payroll number.  Season tickets must be for one year.  The maximum value of the loan available is £2,820 or 5% of gross annual salary (whichever is the greater). Applications are subject to individual approval.

Types of bus tickets

Please note that the prices below are subject to change. Please confirm the price of your ticket with HR Services when you apply.

Arriva

Price: £490

If you are renewing your travel pass and currently have a membership card with photo ID please attach a photocopy of that membership card to your loan application. This will enable us to provide Arriva Bus with your current membership details and obtain a new season ticket.

If this is the first time that you are applying for a travel pass please attach a passport style photograph with your loan application. In addition to the annual season ticket Arriva will issue a membership card for you.

Burnley and Pendle (including the Witch Way)

Price: £790

Complete the travel loan application form with details of the annual ticket that you require. Please provide two passport sized photographs with your application.

First Manchester Bus

Price: £494

If you are renewing your travel pass and currently have a membership card with photo ID please attach a photocopy of that membership card to your loan application. This will enable us to provide First Bus with your current membership details and obtain a new season ticket.

If this is the first time that you are applying for a travel pass please attach a passport style photograph with your loan application. In addition to the annual season ticket First Manchester will issue a membership card for you.

There is no need to complete any forms other than the loan application.

Stagecoach - Annual Megarider

Price: £570

It is only available through the University partnership scheme.

Replacement tickets: For lost or stolen tickets an administration charge of £25 may be payable.

Discounted Stagecoach Tickets are available from the Income Office (G.003) in John Owens building. A weekly ticket is £13.80 and a monthly is £55. You need to show your staff ID. Season ticket loans are not available for these tickets.

TFGM

System One: £646 (5% discount applied)
County Bus and Train: £1,075.40 (5% discount applied)
Young Persons: £484.50 (5% discount applied)
Buscard Extra: £351.50 (5% discount applied)

If you are renewing your travel pass and currently have a membership card with photo ID please attach a photocopy of that membership card to your loan application. This will enable us to provide GMPTE with your current membership details and obtain a new season ticket.

If this is the first time that you are applying for a travel pass please attach a passport style photograph to your loan application. In addition to the annual season ticket GMPTE will issue a membership card for you.

There is no need to complete any forms other than the loan application.  Replacement tickets: For lost or stolen tickets an administration charge of £20 is payable.

Additional information

If your public transport operator or ticket type is not covered by the above please contact HR Services at hrservices@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 275 4499.

How to apply (Bus)

Decide on the type of bus ticket you require then follow the guidance below:

  1. Complete section one of the University’s loan application form and read the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme.
  2. Take the completed application form together with any supporting documents required to HR Services, 2nd Floor, Simon Building.
  3. If the loan application is approved by HR Services they will send off the application to the relevant travel company.  If you have not met the eligibility for the season ticket loan HR Services will contact you.
  4. Once the application has been processed by the travel company they will send the season ticket to HR Services who will contact you to organise collection of the ticket. On collection you will sign to acknowledge receipt.
  5. HR Services will arrange for deductions to be made from your salary commencing from the first available month that the season ticket comes into operation.

How to apply (rail)

  1. For current prices please check the National Rail Season Ticket Calculator.
  2. If you travel within Greater Manchester a GM Traincard may be the best option.
  3. Northern Rail can organise ANY season ticket for you, whether inside or outside their network or a GM Traincard.
  4. Please read the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme and then complete the online form.

Tram travel with Metrolink

The University can obtain a 10% discount for employees from the journey prices quoted on the Metrolink website.

If you are renewing your travel pass and currently have a Metrolink Travel Club Membership Card with photo ID please attach a photocopy of that membership card to your application. This will enable us to provide Metrolink with your current membership details and you only need to complete the travel loan application form.

If this is the first time that you are applying for a travel pass or your Metrolink Travel Club Membership Card has expired please attach a passport style photograph with your travel loan application form and complete the Metrolink Travel Club Membership Card application form which is available from the Metrolink website. Alternatively, you can contact HR Services who will e-mail a copy to you. Metrolink will issue a membership card and season ticket for you.

Please ensure that you put the correct start and destination stations on the travel loan application form. Metrolink will calculate the ticket price based on that information which will then show on your ticket.

Further information

If your public transport operator or ticket type is not covered by the above please contact HR Services at hrservices@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 275 4499.