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North West transport organisations agree partnership for Manchester’s roads

Highways England and Transport for Greater Manchester to develop vision for area’s road network.

Highways England and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have signed a partnership to develop a new vision for Greater Manchester’s road network.

The memorandum of understanding means the two bodies will work together to develop shared priorities and a shared vision.

The partnership is against the background of increased transport devolution. A City Devolution Bill will be in the Queen’s Speech later this month and North East MP James Wharton has been named minister for the Northern Powerhouse to take the legislation through Parliament. It will see greater devolution of transport powers.

Highways England chief executive Graham Dalton said: “Greater Manchester is one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country so it’s vital that we work together to ensure it has a world-class road network to support the economy.

“Over £200 million is already being invested on creating a smart motorway on a section on the M60 and M62, and we need to make sure that the work taking place there complements other improvements on local roads.

“Our research shows that for every pound we spend on England’s roads, it generates four pounds in long-term economic benefits.”

Highways England, Transport for Greater Manchester

Graham Dalton, chief executive of Highways England, and Jon Lamonte, chief executive of TfGM, at the official signing in London.

TfGM chief executive Dr Jon Lamonte added: “Having a clear, strategic approach to the management of highways across a city-region as large and complex as Greater Manchester – and making sure it works in tandem with tram, train and bus services – is absolutely essential to keep it growing and moving.”

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