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Pressure On Transport Bosses Forces Small Compromise

TfGM extend consultation by all of eight days

Published on June 11th 2013.


Pressure On Transport Bosses Forces Small Compromise
 

PEOPLE will have more time to make their views heard on the Oxford Road and Manchester city centre bus priority plans after transport leaders extended the consultation period.

Clearly a lot of people disagree or need more time to absorb the proposals. 

Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) proposals are intended to make improvements for bus users, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users, along sections of Oxford Road and Portland Street.

Large sections of city centre users, businesses and residents are concerned over the plans fearing they may damage the city centre economy. 

Details of the proposals can be seen on this Manchester Confidential article (Oxford Road Proposals) and here.

City Centre Transport Strategy Debate: Wednesday 19 June, Yang Sing

If you wish to take part in this vital debate and find out what is planned for the city centre - the main driver of the regional economy - and what businesses, residents and other interested parties can do to influence policy, please click here. There are limited numbers available. Cllr Nigel Murphy, an Executive Member of Manchester City Council and other guests will be on the panel.

The original consultation process was due to end on Wednesday 26 June. Given many businesses and concerned individuals had not received notification of the proposals by the end of May this didn't allow for a great deal of time to respond to what are extremely complex plans. 

Wisely TfGM have now extended the deadline for consultation. Of course they had to put a spin on the decision.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We’ve had a fantastic level of response, with hundreds of comments received already in the three weeks since the consultation opened.

“We’ve provided a comprehensive pack – including brochures, briefings, interactive maps, 3D flythroughs, a hotline, public drop-in sessions and bespoke presentations – to demonstrate what’s involved and that’s clearly been very effective.

“But we’ve also actively been engaging with a wide variety of groups, including businesses, students and communities in and around the ‘footprint’ of our scheme.

“It’s clear from those discussions that people feel they need a bit more to time consider the scheme fully, so we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been able to extend the consultation period by just over a week, to 5 July.”

The last paragraph is the key here with its 'bit more time' part.

Clearly a lot of people disagree or need more time to absorb the proposals. Extending the deadline is a welcome way of showing that TfGM are listening which is to be applauded. However the extension of a paltry eight days is disappointing, a month longer consultation would have been far better. 

There are drop-in consultations arranged in areas bordering Oxford Road in the coming week or so. Five city centre drop-in sessions have already been held.

You can visit these suburb sessions on:

·         Monday 17 June: 2pm – 7pm; Asda Hulme; 100 Princess Rd, Manchester M15 5AS

·         Wednesday 19 June: 2pm – 7pm; Fallowfield Library; Platt Lane, M14 7FB

·         Thursday 20 June: 2pm – 7pm; Brunswick Parish Church; Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9TQ

TfGM staff are also available by phone on 0300 123 1177 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm).

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJune 11th 2013.

So it's Tuesday noon and as of yet, no mention on this or the MEN "news" websites - that Manchester has the highest early death rate in the country. IT'S EVERYWHERE ELSE and attracting much comment! Can't believe that I'm now, more & more, having to go to the Daily Mail website to read the latest news regarding MANCHESTER! I'm not really having a go at Manchester Confidential about this, but what has happened to our local newspaper website?

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the Whalley RangerJune 11th 2013.

totally agree. Since Trinity Mirror took over everthing is going down the pan.

Jonathan SchofieldJune 11th 2013.

We're going to do a think piece about it, but not till next week. Staffing and all that. But it is going into our new Friday column 'That was the week that was'.

AnonymousJune 11th 2013.

Thanks Jonathan. Hopefully MC will get round to doing a "think piece" about Trinity Mirror's ownership, 3 years on, of our local newspaper too??? Not happy! Boy is this now lazy and apathetic city's "political & media scene" lacking 'jealous' competition and a sense of 'bitter' rivalry! It would do Manchester a world of good. (Yes, if only a MC Daily, perhaps?)

Jonathan SchofieldJune 11th 2013.

If only. A big team of journos, courage of our convictions and all that. Dreams....unless you want to donate two or three mill

AnonymousJune 11th 2013.

Ok Jonathan, forget the "impossible dream" of that last stuff bit - sadly, yes I know, I know. But back to the original point, you're at least not wary of critiquing Trinity Mirror's running of our local newspaper down there at MC are you? (Why does nobody in MCR talks about this? Or am I the only person in Manchester still bitter how the "London based" trustees of the Scott Trust sold a little part of "civic pride" down the river to the city of London?)

Poster BoyJune 11th 2013.

Be careful what you wish for, and be thankful that Trinity Mirror remain committed to regional and local newspapers and journalism. Of course they could do better, but the business model is dying, if not dead. Support it while it lasts.

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AnonymousJune 12th 2013.

So the "altruistic" Trinity Mirror aren't making a profit out of MEN then? Did the MEN ever make a loss for the Guardian Media Group? I know the move to Scott Place was a very expensive "one-off" mistake - but I always thought profits from the MEN helped prop up The Guardian? Yes we did find out though, that GMG and the trustees of the Scott Trust were not committed to Manchester's local newspaper & regional journalism anymore - I'll give you that.

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