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Public to get say on city’s transport future

Consultation on Local Transport Plan starts today

Published on October 4th 2010.

Public to get say on city’s transport future

The public will be able to play its part in shaping the future of transport in Greater Manchester from today, when a major consultation begins.

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities are developing the next Local Transport Plan.

The third of its kind, the plan will set out the authorities’ spending plans for transport for the next four years, as well as long-term proposals for the next 15 years.

A 12-week consultation on the draft plan, which covers buses, heavy rail, Metrolink, walking, cycling, fares, ticketing, passenger information, highways, health, safety and greener travel, will begin today.

Councillor Ian Macdonald, chair of GMITA, said: “The Local Transport Plan is a vital document that will define how we approach our transport policies and investment plans over the next few years and beyond.

“It covers all modes of travel and aims to give a clear indication of the direction we want our transport network to take.

“Everybody knows that public spending is under intense scrutiny and it is more important than ever to make every penny count, so it is crucial that we have a clear understanding of our immediate priorities, as well as a longer term vision.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to engage with us to develop the final document. This is your chance to play a part in shaping the future of transport in Greater Manchester, so please share your views with us.”

The consultation will run until 24 December. Comments received will feed into the final plan, which will be published at the end of March next year.

People will be able to discuss the plan with transport leaders on Friday 8 October at GMITA’s Autumn Transport Seminar, which will be held at Manchester Central from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Places at the seminar can be booked by emailing gmita@manchester.gov.uk or calling 0161 234 4619. Reservations must be made by Tuesday 5 October at the latest.

Councillor Keith Whitmore, Vice Chair of GMITA, said: “Greater Manchester is the most important economic centre outside London and we need to ensure that its transport links help it to achieve its full potential.

“The proposals, principles and policies outlined in this plan will provide us with the platform to provide a viable, sustainable and accessible transport network capable of supporting the region’s economic growth.

“People now have the opportunity to play a very real part in the evolution of the plan and I would encourage everyone to visit the website, read the brochure, see what is being proposed and share their views.”

To find out more about the consultation, visit www.gmpte.com. Copies of the consultation brochure will also be available at Travelshops, libraries and other public information points.

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Temporary HeroOctober 4th 2010.

It's great that we're getting the chance to have a voice, but I can't help but feel not that many people will be able to take 2pm to 4.30pm off on a Tuesday, couldn't they have had this at 6pm?

AnonymousOctober 5th 2010.

We've had lots of these consultations in the past.

Whatever the public says the staff employed to plan and run our transport system will bungle on in their usual incompetent manner.

30 years after we started to hear about the importance of encouraging cycle use I'll soon have to stop taking my bike on the train from Rochdale to Manchester because our wonderful planners are replcing the trains with trams which ban bikes. What a fiasco, which repeats exactly what happened on the Altrincham Bury line in 1992.

cyclingbusriderOctober 5th 2010.

Either use a bike or leave it at home. You can't do both.

Kevin PeelOctober 6th 2010.

Pleased that residents will be consulted about this. I'll be commenting on the sheer volume of buses trying to cram into Piccadilly Gardens every day and the very urgent need to address this situation immediately. I'm very pleased to hear that the council already has plans to divert them from St. Peter's Square as part of the transformation of the square into a unique public space.

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