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New transport plans published

15-year vision laid out in new report

Published on April 12th 2011.

New transport plans published

THE GREATER Manchester Combined Authority and the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee have delivered their Local Transport Plan for the next 15 years.

The third of its kind, the plan covers the strategic development of Greater Manchester’s transport network, together with four-year delivery plans for each of the ten Local Authority areas.

Its completion follows a 12-week consultation at the end of last year, which included proposed schemes and improvements relating to buses, heavy rail, Metrolink, walking, cycling, fares, ticketing, passenger information, roads, Park & Ride schemes, health, safety, greener travel and more.

The plan defines how Transport for Greater Manchester is going to improve travel locally over the next few years and how it will provide a viable, sustainable and accessible transport network capable of supporting the region's long-term economic growth.

Among the key proposals included in the plan for the next few years is the expansion of the Metrolink network to reach Manchester Airport, Ashton-under-Lyne, East Didsbury and Oldham and Rochdale town centres. Plans to expand the network further will also be developed.

Transport for Greater Manchester will also deliver new transport interchanges at Altrincham, Bolton, Wythenshawe and Rochdale.

Plans to introduce a series of measures that will improve bus travel into and across Manchester city centre, from Wigan, Leigh, Salford, Middleton and South Manchester will also be progressed.

In seeking to deliver a series of challenging objectives, the Local Transport Plan sets out how it will reduce the impact that transport has on the environment and help to improve health by reducing accidents and encouraging ‘active travel’.

This will be achieved by increasing the number of people walking or cycling to work and education, especially for short trips made in the peak hours, and reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles travelling in Greater Manchester’s most congested areas and corridors; making the best use of existing networks and adding value to investment in public transport networks by integrating walking and cycling with other modes of transport; and improving safety and personal security for pedestrians and cyclists, with an initial focus on routes to key transport hubs and areas of work.

Together with promoting Smarter Travel choices, developing smartcard facilities and making the best use of new web-based technologies, the strategy aims to make using public transport a more attractive option.

The plan also recognises that, in a limited number of situations, new roads can be of benefit to the local economy and the local environment.

The full 189-page report is available online at www.tfgm.com, along with a summary version of the strategy and a library of supporting documents.

Confidential will be picking the plan apart later this week, so keep checking the site for details.

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Ali McGowanApril 12th 2011.

I hope they did more consultation with the public than they did on the disappointing rebrand and silly new logo.

Adam RichmondApril 13th 2011.

Why would they need to waste money on consulting the public on their logo?

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