Greater Manchester is changing. Not only is it growing, both in terms of population and economy, it is also on a path towards significant devolution of powers and funding from central Government, supported by a directly-elected Mayor. It is in this context of rapid change that we are developing this 2040 Greater Manchester Transport Strategy, led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP).
TRANSPORT STRATEGY 2040
A sustainable urban
mobility plan for the future
needs. Additional transport links will be needed to unlock growth areas, particularly as the scale of
growth means that sites on the edge of the urban area will need to be developed.
• Access to skills and markets needs to be improved to allow people to take up the new jobs on offer,
employers to recruit the best workers and businesses to deliver goods efficiently.
Journey time reliability on our roads and on public transport is essential, reducing the cost to
business of delayed deliveries and employees arriving late. The cost of congestion in Greater
Manchester has been estimated by TfGM to be £1.3 billion per year.
• Networks need to be well maintained in order to function. We face an increasing challenge to keep
networks open in the face of adverse weather conditions (linked to climate change), ageing
infrastructure and more intensive operation.
• The perception of Greater Manchester as a good place to live, invest and visit is vital to the
economy. We must deliver the sort of efficient, seamless, intelligent and easy to use public
transport system enjoyed by leading world cities, and urban areas that offer a safe, attractive and
clean environment for walking and cycling.
Improving the Quality of Life
20. Economic success, particularly in the Regional Centre and the south of Greater Manchester, has not yet
spread to all areas and there are significant pockets of severe deprivation throughout the conurbation,
particularly around the central urban core and the main towns. Many of our residents do not have
access to a car and therefore rely heavily on public transport. We also have major challenges in terms
of physical inactivity and road collisions. Our 2040 Transport Strategy can make a major contribution to
improving the quality of life of all our residents by helping to address some of the critical challenges
• Access to jobs and trai