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 11. Developing the strategy


​​This document is the starting point in the development of a new transport strategy for Greater Manchester. It has set out a vision for the transport network that we believe Greater Manchester needs by 2040 to support economic growth and prosperity, to enable everyone to benefit from that prosperity, and to safeguard our environment for current and future generations.

The 2013 Greater Manchester Strategy set out a compelling vision for the city region, supported by a set of principles to promote growth and to reform public services. This strategy, supported by our subsequent Growth and Reform plans paved the way for the groundbreaking devolution agreement with Government in 2014. The resulting reforms to the way we manage our roads, rail stations and bus services will support the delivery of the vision set out in this document. They will ensure that Greater Manchester has the necessary powers and resources to maintain long-term investment in transport infrastructure and services and to deliver transformational changes to the customer experience.

The reforms will also enable us to pursue more innovative solutions to transport challenges and to better integrate transport modes into the seamless, accessible and efficient network needed by a leading European city-region. At the same time, the emerging Northern Transport Strategy, overseen by Transport for the North, will deliver significant connectivity improvements between and within our great Northern cities and enable Greater Manchester to continue to develop its position at the heart of a Northern Powerhouse economy.

We are now keen to consult with stakeholders and the public to make sure that the vision is one that we can all support. Following this consultation, the next stage is to develop and consult on a full Greater Manchester Transport Strategy for 2040 (see for more details). The full Strategy will be a key component of our new local transport plan and will set out the critical transport measures that will be required to turn our vision into reality. Greater Manchester will also continue to work proactively with Government and other partners to identify opportunities for bringing forward further devolution and transport reforms, where these support the delivery of our vision.

The strategy will take time to deliver, but the following timeline gives an indication of what we hope to be able to achieve and by when.

2040 strategy timeline 


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