A delivery plan released by the Greater Manchester leaders has identified more than 65 transport projects that will be delivered in the next five years for the Greater Manchester area.
Greater Manchester’s leaders have outlined draft transport plans to ensure the city-region can “thrive at a time of national uncertainty” in the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 report - Delivery Plan 2020-2025.
Projects timetabled in the plan include the Metrolink Trafford Park Line, the purchase of 27 new trams, £160M of new walking and cycling infrastructure across all 10 districts, expanding the city-region’s electric vehicle charging network and new interchanges in Tameside and Stockport.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said transport was the “lifeblood” of any city and that the area was in “desperate need” of new short-term measures.
“Transport is the lifeblood of every town and city. It’s how people get to work, get to school, meet their friends and ultimately live productive and fulfilled lives,” he said. “It’s also closely linked to some of the top issues facing our city-region, including congestion, air quality, our health and the attractiveness of our streets and town centres.”
“Building on our past successes, this delivery plan sets out the shorter-term measures and schemes our city-region so desperately needs.”
The report also calls on the government to follow-up on recommendations in the National Infrastructure Assessment to create an infrastructure budget for Greater Manchester.
“We want to establish a fully devolved, long-term infrastructure budget for Greater Manchester, as recommended in the National Infrastructure Commission’s recent National Infrastructure Assessment,” the report reads.
Part of the vision for the future of the area is that by 2040 “half of all daily trips in Greater Manchester will be made by public transport, cycling and walking, especially those shorter journeys around local neighbourhoods”.
This could mean a million more journeys each day using more sustainable modes of travel - in line with new recommendations from the health advisory body NICE, who are pushing greater levels of walking and cycling to promote healthy lifestyles.
The proposals will be considered formally by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on 11 January, along with a range of other papers. If adopted by leaders, it will then go out to public consultation.
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