Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM are consulting on a new long term vision of how a successful transport system might evolve


Fender_metrolinkAndrew Fender: ‘This is not just about huge infrastructure projects’


Residents, businesses and other interest groups are being asked by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester for their views on a new 2040 vision for transport in the city region, as a 12-week public consultation exercise gets underway this week.

Thee document sets out what a successful and customer-focused transport system for Greater Manchester would look like in 2040. It considers all types of travel, from accessing global markets to transport’s role in improving local neighbourhoods.

It also identifies the role of transport in supporting long term economic growth, improving people’s quality of life, and tackling pollution and environmental impacts.

“It’s difficult to imagine what the world might look like in 25 years, but it’s crucial that we have a long term and ambitious vision of how we want our city region to look and feel in 2040,” said chair of the TfGM Committee, councillor Andrew Fender.

“The conversation that we want to start … is not just about huge infrastructure projects; albeit that further investment in commuter systems will be needed. Fundamentally, it’s about making travel across Greater Manchester and beyond easier, faster, safer, healthier, more efficient and offering greater choice for customers; across all modes and increasingly supported by new technology.”

The vision is the first step in the development of a more detailed Greater Manchester Transport Strategy for 2040, replacing the current Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan, to be published in 2016. The long term strategy will be a key tool for GMCA and GM Local Enterprise Partnership, as the city region prepares for the devolution of more powers.



Buses: Buses are to play an increasingly significant role at the heart of an integrated public transport network. A longer term goal is for high quality bus services to encourage many more people to travel by bus in the region.

Rapid transit: Expansion of Metrolink and completion of major bus priority packages to reduce car travel into the city centre and improve access to Manchester Airport and Trafford Park. In longer term, there will be ‘next generation urban rail’.

Rail: Electrification of lines to Liverpool, Preston and Leeds and completion of the Northern Hub improvements to provide more capacity and faster links, improved local rail stations and new ‘TransNorth’ rail services. This will be followed by HS2 stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

Ticketing: Integrated fares and easy-to-use payment systems enable easier interchange between transport services and more flexible transport options.

Other: Real-time information, provided direct to personal devices and vehicles; Key Route Network; high quality streets and public spaces; reduced traffic speeds in residential areas; a comprehensive segregated cycle network to transform cycling into a natural choice, particularly for short journeys; smart motorway network; opening of Port Salford, increasing the proportion of goods arriving in the region by water


Get the report:

Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Our Vision is available to download via the TfGM website:


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