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Consultation launched on the future of transport in Greater Manchester

4 July 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Residents of Greater Manchester are being invited to have their say on a draft long-term transport strategy with the launch of a 12-week consultation.

Consultation launched on the future of transport in Greater Manchester

On 04 July a 12-week consultation was launched by Tony Lloyd, Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester, to give local people the opportunity to provide their views on the future of travel to support the long-term needs and aspirations of the Greater Manchester region.

Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040

The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 – developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – sets out long-term proposals to create a cleaner, greener, more prosperous city region through better connections and simpler travel. The Strategy considers all aspects of travel from local neighbourhoods to global markets and focuses on creating an integrated, sustainable, and a co-ordinated transport system which supports a wide range of different travel needs. 

Proposals for consideration include:

  • Connected neighbourhoods
    • Better pedestrian and cycle links to make active travel the natural choice for short journeys
    • Safer, less congested and less polluted local roads
    • Improved access to local facilities, (including disabled access)
    • Improved facilities at local stations.
  • Travel across the wider city region
    • Integrated smart ticketing system for public transport
    • Improved orbital public transport travel opportunities
    • The next generation of rapid transit routes (tram-train and bus)
    • Improved maintenance and resilience of our highways key route network and local roads.
  • Travel to and within the regional centre
    • Increased capacity for rapid transit in Manchester city centre, including exploring the feasibility of tunnels
    • High quality public realm and a city centre that is easier and more attractive to walk and cycle around
    • Re-development of Piccadilly station to integrate HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, local rail and Metrolink
    • Measures to reduce the number of large goods vehicles at peak times.
  • Delivering better city-to-city links
    • Improving the reliability and resilience of the strategic road network
    • Faster rail journeys across the North and to London and Birmingham
    • Improved trans-Pennine connectivity.
  • A globally connected city region
    • Improved public transport access between the Airport, HS2 and the Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone
    • A Ship Canal wharf, rail and road links at Port Salford.
  • GM-wide interventions
    • Increased cashless payment options for account based travel including an integrated smart ticketing system for public transport
    • Car clubs and cycle hire (potentially including electric) schemes to expand the GM transport offer
    • Opportunities for a clean air zone reviewed and delivery of air quality and carbon reduction measures.

 Today’s launch builds upon the publication of the 2040 Vision for transport in Greater Manchester, consulted on during summer 2015. In conjunction with the Strategy, TfGM is consulting on a five-year delivery plan which details the first stage of implementation.

“This is about creating a world-class transport system for the future that will help us realise the ambitions of this great city region”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd said: “This is about creating a world-class transport system for the future that will help us realise the ambitions of this great city region of ours.

“An effective transport system supports a strong economy and it has a major bearing on people’s health and well-being by connecting people and communities, encouraging more active travel and improving our environment.

“Greater Manchester is changing. Our population and economy are growing, and we are making more decisions about jobs, housing and transport here in GM.

“The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 is about creating long-term plans to help build a successful, resilient Greater Manchester, ready for future challenges and opportunities. We’re now handing over to the public and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to have their say on these proposals and help to shape the future of transport in our region.”

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