FARES on Greater Manchester's tram system are to be made simpler using a new zonal system.

Where previously tickets for the Metrolink were based on specific destinations, now prices will be set based on four zones, similar to the London Underground.

The Metrolink is the largest light railway network in the UK, with more than 42 million journeys made every year, but Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the pricing system is "complex" and "undoubtedly a barrier that prevents some people from making the most of our public transport".

He said: “I’m keen to see a system that is simpler to use, more convenient and offers passengers more for their money – something that zonal offers Metrolink customers and which we’re now able to introduce. This new zonal structure is important as Greater Manchester moves towards an integrated, London-style public transport system."

The four-zone system will cut the thousands of current fare combinations to just 10 options and customers will be able to get on board from 13 January when the system is changed.