Manchester to get Oyster Card, with truly awful name

June 17th, 2013 10 Comments By Mof Gimmers

manchester 300x168 Manchester to get Oyster Card, with truly awful nameLondon has the Oyster Card and Liverpool has the Walrus scheme… and now Manchester is getting in on the action and it has an appallingly clunky name.

The card will be called ‘My Get Me There. Even if you spell it as an acronym – MGMT – you spell out the name of that dreadful schmindie band, which is worse.

In addition to this, passengers will also be able to use bank cards, bus passes and mobile phones to pay for ticketless journeys, thereby making the MGMT system seem a bit daft, which has prompted politicians to note that the whole thing is ‘confusing’ and that it fails to rival the zippy branding used in other cities.

That said, at least it wasn’t put to vote by the people of Manchester. When the M.E.N readers were polled, some of them proffered the ‘Ryder Card’, named after Happy Mondays deadbeat, Shaun Ryder.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, reckons this will all be great, saying that this scheme will ‘revolutionise’ how Mancs use public transport. He said: “But we want it to be as simple as possible for people at the point of use – hence a name that ‘says what it does on the tin’.”

Will this stop scallies trying to get on Magic Buses with out of date weekly passes? Will it bloody ‘eckers like.

Comments (10) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Dick June 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    It is also the nickname of the O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase gene. Fucking crazy Mancs, naming a transport card after that.

    PS. An oyster card tastes nothing like oysters. And I’ve never had sex with a card in Liverpool, but I doubt it is as good as a real walrus.

  2. Posted by Inspector Gadget June 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Can’t everyone just use Oyster cards, why does each area have to set up it’s own system? I’m sure Boris would share.

  3. Posted by Karl Broberg June 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The Ryder Card was an awesome idea, granted Shaun Ryder is no role model but it is a clever pun and links in to the era which put Manchester on the popular music scene

  4. Posted by Simon June 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    These public transport cards will probably be popular in northern cities and most people are too poor to own their own car

  5. Posted by Slow Han June 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    How long before it gets called the Might Get Me There card?

  6. Posted by Chewbie June 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Got on the bus wiv me daysaver

  7. Posted by Chewbie June 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Mof. Do you also write under the name Dean Kirby? Its just there is an article on the MEN site which this has been lifted from. Oh and flex wit da erb.

  8. Posted by Me June 18, 2013 at 8:46 am

    “Ticket thing” works.

  9. Posted by Gof Mimmers June 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    The Batty Rider

  10. Posted by Tudor from Online Ventures June 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I’m not really liking the name, I’m sure the Kids will like it though. I think the the Time to Pretend that Manchester was OK without a card is over. It’ll be good when the card gets launched.

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