A 12-week consultation on the future of Greater Manchester’s transport network has opened to the public.
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 devolved body said that the strategy considered all aspects of travel from local neighbourhoods to global markets and will focus on creating an integrated, sustainable, and well co-ordinated transport system which supported a wide range of different travel needs.
TfGM said that the new strategy would build on the publication of the 2040 Vision for transport in Greater Manchester, consulted on during summer 2015, which outlined the role of transport in supporting sustainable economic growth, protecting the environment, improving quality of life and developing an innovative city region.
In conjunction with the strategy, TfGM is also consulting on a five-year delivery plan which details the first stage of implementation.
Greater Manchester mayor 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 wellbeing 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.”
More information on the consultation can be found here: www.tfgm.com/2040. The strategy is expected to be finalised later this year.
Proposals for consideration include:
- 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 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 Manchester Airport, HS2 and the Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone
- A Ship Canal wharf, rail and road links at Port Salford.
Greater Manchester-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 Greater Manchester transport offer
- Opportunities for a clean air zone reviewed and delivery of air quality and carbon reduction measures.