a rail journey finishing outside Manchester using a PTE pass – help needed !

We are asked “If I wanted to travel outside the Greater Manchester boundary on a train using my gmpte over 60’s bus pass. How would I pay for the extra bit of the journey ? Would I have to get off the train at the boundary of the GM area and get on a new train and pay or is their an easier way?”

The Manchester PTE website says the pass “is valid for free (after 9.30am) fare travel only for journeys which begin and end within the Greater Manchester rail boundary.

So lets say the Manchester Bus Pass holder wanted to travel to Knutsford, can he/she use the pass for part of the journey and pay the remainder, if so how ? We’d be grateful for anyone who has tried this and knows the answer !

4 thoughts on “a rail journey finishing outside Manchester using a PTE pass – help needed !

  1. admin Post author

    A number of replies received via Twitter,

    1. “Just go to ticket office show them your pass get ticket from boundary of pass to destination. I do all the time on WY (West Yorkshire) Fare charged from last stop within boundary. I’ve always only paid from boundary of pass to destination even on trains that have no stops. Don’t know if that’s the rule though.”

    2. “Purchase a ticket from the last GM station that your train stops at, to your destination. The train HAS to stop at the ticket starting point”

    Map of Greater Manchester PTE train Network

    WE’re interested in more comments, especially if you have done this from Manchester area.

  2. Ken Ward

    Purchase a ticket from the last GM station that your train stops at to your destination. This ticket has to be purchased before travel from a station or machine. Only when these are not available should you purchase “on train”.

    eg. If I travel to Preston from Bolton I can pay from Blackrod if the train stops there but if the first stop is Chorley (outside GM) then I would have to pay from Bolton.

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