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Greater Manchester residents urged to keep doing their bit when travelling as coronavirus restrictions eased
- Public transport services expected to get busier as non-essential shops reopen.
- All available trams – including the first of 27 new ones – running on Metrolink and extra bus and train services being put on to help meet demand.
- Enhanced cleaning of stations, stops and vehicles continuing and transport staff out on the network to support passengers and provide reassurance
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is celebrating a significant landmark following a decade of unprecedented investment in and development of the region’s transport network.
Residents in the Parsonage Road area of Withington are being asked how they’d like to improve the streets where they live.
Park and ride capacity at Mills Hill rail station is set to more than double, allowing more people to access public transport while helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
Mayor of Greater Manchester makes landmark decision: city-region to be first outside London to have local control over buses
- Mayor decides to implement bus franchising in major milestone for integrated transport network for Greater Manchester
- Biggest change to the region’s bus network since deregulation in 1986
- Greater Manchester will be first city-region outside London to have fully franchised buses under local control
- Local control will mean simple fares and tickets with price capping; integration between trams and buses, and a ‘one-stop-shop’ for travel information and customer support
- GMCA will coordinate and invest in the bus network – setting the routes, frequencies, fares and standards
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.
- Unprecedented expansion programme has trebled the size of the network, making Metrolink the largest light rail system in the UK
- Millions of car journeys taken from city-region’s roads and thousands of tonnes of CO2 saved
- Significant improvement in access to employment, further education, and healthcare – particularly for deprived communities
- Report reinforces importance of Metrolink in supporting Greater Manchester’s future transport ambitions
Police and transport staff are warning of the dangers and consequences of throwing objects at buses and trams following a spate of incidents this year.
- Trial aimed at improving first and last mile connectivity as well as reducing local reliance on cars for shorter trips
- Lime will deploy up to 500 e-scooters across Rochdale, expanding the service in phases to ensure the scheme is managed properly
- Service will also see the provider make significant investments in the local community, including creation of a Lime “Community Hub” in the town centre and providing unlimited free rides for Rochdale’s key workers
Residents of neighbourhoods in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside 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 concessionary pass holders do not need to travel to renew their tram and train add-on until late June at the earliest after the deadline for renewal was extended by nearly three months.
- Major milestone for Greater Manchester’s ambitions for integrated transport network
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority recommended to request that the Mayor introduces bus franchising
- Reports published today show significant support for franchising
- Mayor of Greater Manchester to make final decision on franchising at later date
- Greater Manchester would be first city-region outside London to operate fully franchised and locally accountable bus system