Mapping out the future of transport in Greater Manchester

A long-term transport strategy for Greater Manchester includes a commitment to improving orbital public transport and developing the next generation of rapid transit routes, including tram-train and bus.

The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040, developed by Transport for Greater Manchester on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, is a vision for an integrated, sustainable and well co-ordinated transport system. The publication of the final strategy follows a public consultation, which received nearly 1,800 responses.

“The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 is a vital building block in planning for the future of our city region and the needs of travelling customers are at the heart of these plans,” says mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd. “Having this framework in place allows us to shape and create a successful, resilient city region, ensuring the sustainable success of Greater Manchester for generations to come.

“Finalising our Strategy is only the beginning. We are already working to deliver the first phase of activity outlined in these plans; building the new Metrolink line to Trafford Park and the Trafford Centre; creating new, enhanced interchanges in Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Stockport and Wigan; and making improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure.”

Alongside the strategy, is a five-year delivery plan, detailing the first stage of implementation from 2016-2021. Together the documents make up the Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan.