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