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Loans and Discounted Tickets

Interest free loans

MMU offer interest free loans which allow staff to purchase annual public transport passes, (which tend to be far better value than weekly and monthly options) you then pay them off over a 10 month period.

How do they work?

  • Order your annual bus, train or tram pass through MMU
  • MMU pays the full cost up front and you pay the money back monthly out of your salary
  • The payments are interest free and benefit from corporate discounts e.g.
    System 1 tickets – 5%
    Metrolink – 10%
    Stagecoach – £570 for an annual ticket
  • Remember your pass will be valid 24/7 and you can use it as many times as you like, including weekend and evening trips.

Information on the Northern Rail Season Ticket can be found here


Download FIN 12 Loan Application Form (PDF, 300k)

For further information, please contact the Payroll Section on ext 2948, or at W.Appleton@mmu.ac.uk

Discounted Annual Tickets

MMU is currently working with bus and train companies to negotiate discounted annual tickets under employer partnership schemes. The discounts given by the transport companies will be passed on, in full, to MMU employees.

These discounts are ONLY available when you purchase your tickets using the interest free loan option.

The tickets currently available are as follows:
Megarider Annual This Stagecoach ticket is valid for 12 months. The cost to MMU staff is £570.00. It is only available through the MMU partnership scheme.
System One travel:
Adult Bus Saver
This annual ticket allows travel on any bus operating in the System One Travel network. The cost to MMU staff is £646.00.
System One travel:
Young Persons Bus Saver (age 16 -21)
This annual ticket allows travel on any bus operating in the System One Travel network. 'The cost to MMU staff is £484.50.
System One travel: County Bus and Train Saver This annual ticket allows travel on any bus operating in the System One Travel network, trains in the Greater Manchester area and City Centre Metrolink. The cost to MMU staff is £1055.45.
First Bus This annual ticket allows travel on any First Manchester Bus (predominantly operating in North Manchester). The cost to MMU staff is £520.
Burnley & Pendle Bus The Annual Gold Card now costs £860.00. MMU staff pay £795.50.
Arriva Manchester Zone This annual ticket allows travel around the Arriva Manchester Zone and the cost to MMU staff is £470.00.
Metrolink This annual ticket allows you to travel on trams between selected stations. MMU can obtain a 10% discount for employees from the journey prices quoted on the Metrolink website.
GM Railcard Annual traincard at a cost of £955.60 - available from 02/01/2016.

Cheshire Bus Prices
First Bus 'Potteries' This annual ticket allows travel around South Cheshire & Staffordshire. The cost to MMU staff is £680 (make sure you put 'First Bus Potteries' on your application).
Arriva North West This annual ticket allows travel around the Arriva North West area and the cost to MMU staff is £665.00 (make sure you put 'Arriva North West (Ches/Staffs)' on your application).

Train tickets

You can order any train ticket (whoever the operator) through our relationship with Northern Rail, including the GM Traincard at £937.80. To determine the cost of your annual train ticket using the National Rail Online Calculator.

For further information, please contact the Payroll Section on ext 2948, or at payroll@mmu.ac.uk