TRAM passengers will now be able to use contactless cards to pay for tickets.

The upgrade came into force yesterday as part of Transport for Greater Manchester's recent push to improve the public transport system.

Metrolink travellers will now have a daily cap, similar to passengers using TfL services in London.

It comes a week after Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham launched Our Pass, giving 16-18 year olds free bus travel.

Mr Burnham said: "These initiatives are the first of many on our journey towards the integrated, London-style transport system we want to see here.

“Contactless payments on Metrolink in particular will be a major boost for many people, including commuters and the millions of visitors we get every single year.

“It is something people visiting London will already be familiar with and will make travel by tram easier, and improve access to jobs, leisure, skills and education opportunities across Greater Manchester.”