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• Mayor plans immediate talks with Government to accelerate bus franchising, with new target of 2024
• 95 electric vehicle charging points to be delivered by end of the year, with a further 200 by end of 2022
• Bike hire scheme to launch in November, with delivery partner announced next month
• 100km of cycling and walking routes to be completed by end of year
• Mayor asks TfGM to accelerate plans to bring Metrolink to Middleton as part of regeneration vision for town
• Mayor to chair inaugural meeting of Bee Network delivery board
A Greater Manchester COVID-19 recovery survey has found almost half (47%) of respondents want to keep on walking and cycling more often once the pandemic is over after positive experiences on bike and foot during lockdown.
Greater Manchester’s Bee Network plan to deliver the UK’s first joined up cycling and walking network is set to see a boost in Bury, with £1.3m of funding released for new cycling and walking routes.
Residents in Bolton and Bury are being asked how they’d like to improve the streets where they live as part of plans to create a series of new low-traffic neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester’s Bee Network plan to deliver the UK’s first joined up cycling and walking network is set to be boosted by almost £12m worth of new cycling and walking routes.
Greater Manchester’s bike hire scheme has moved one step closer with four operators shortlisted, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today.
Cycling and walking building boom: 55 miles of new routes and 140 new crossings to be created across Greater Manchester by December 2021
• 55 miles of protected routes and 140 new crossings for people on foot and bikes will be created next year
• The projects that councils across Greater Manchester plan to deliver total around £85 million, creating world class infrastructure and kick-starting the city-region’s plans for the UK’s largest cycling and walking network – The Bee Network
• 25 miles of pop-up routes and two low-traffic neighbourhoods will also be delivered
• Plans heralded as a “huge step” by Mayor and “the start of a transport revolution” by Commissioner Chris Boardman
• A selection of visualisations can be downloaded here
TfGM urges parents and pupils to check travel advice, plan ahead and cycle or walk to school where possible in September
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is advising parents and pupils to plan ahead for how they will travel to school in September and to cycle, walk or scoot to school where they can.
£3.1 million schemes confirmed to enable thousands more journeys on foot or by bike through first phase of emergency active travel measures
- Immediate funding will see delivery of protected safe routes and traffic calming measures
- Measures will help to provide a viable, safe travel alternative for the 1/3 of GM households that don’t have access to a car
- Latest action as part of #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to protect public transport and provide safe travel options for third of Greater Manchester households with no car
Leaders progress bold active travel plans as up to £5m of emergency funding made available as part of coronavirus recovery
- Local Authorities launch #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing during coronavirus lockdown and recovery
- Pop-up infrastructure and temporary measures prioritised to enable safe essential travel and exercise for GM residents
- Up to £5m of emergency funding will be available to Local Authorities from the Mayor's Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF)
Leaders urge critical Government backing to deliver the UK’s largest Cycling and Walking network - creating 2.5 million daily active trips, £6 billion in benefits and a national blueprint
- Mayor of Greater Manchester and Cycling and Walking Commissioner will deliver a report to Government setting out how a revolutionary walking and cycling network will help tackle the climate emergency, inactivity and congestion, prompting country-wide travel change
- Benefits of the plan include:
- A huge increase in daily cycling and walking trips
- A multi-billion-pound health boost for Greater Manchester
- Fewer vehicle trips leading to better air quality and lower carbon emissions
- Reduced levels of congestion and faster journey times
- Guaranteed Government commitment is now needed to put the plans into action
Ambassador of the Netherlands, Simon Smits visited Greater Manchester to meet with Mayor Andy Burnham and business leaders to discuss ambitious future plans for transport in the region.