​Facts & Figures

Bus

Transport for Greater Manchester owns Greater Manchester bus stations and pays for essential bus services.

Who operates the bus services in Greater Manchester

 

There are more than 30 bus operators running services in Greater Manchester. The three main operators are First, Stagecoach and Arriva.

 

Who pays for bus services in Greater Manchster

Private bus operators run the vast majority of bus services in Greater Manchester commercially. TfGM has no say in the times, routes and fares of these services. We do use public money to fund some essential services (around 20% of the network) that would not otherwise be provided.

How many bus services are there in Greater Manchester?

There are more than 600 bus services registered in Greater Manchester.​

How many people travel on buses in Greater Manchester?

Passenger make over 225 million journeys on local bus services every year.​

 

How many bus stops are there in Greater Manchester

There are more than 12,000 bus stops in Greater Manchester. More than 4,000 of these have shelters.

How do people report a damaged shelter?

They can call TfGM on 0161 244 1720 or email busstop@tfgm.com with the shelter number on the stop's plate. The shelter will be made safe within 48 hours during weekdays.

How do people request a bus shelter for their stop?

They can call Transport for Greater Manchester on 0161 244 1720 or email busstop@tfgm.com with the shelter number on the stop's plate. We will then assess the site for suitability and demand before reaching a decision.

How many bus stations are there in Greater Manchester

There are 22 bus stations in Greater Manchester, owned and maintained by TfGM.​

 

What is door-to-door transport?

These are services such as Local Link, Ring & Ride and community transport services that don't run to predetermined routes. They can be booked like a taxi and take passengers door to door. Click the 'Accessible Transport' link at the top of the page for more information.

 

Train

TfGM works with the train operators and Network Rail to improve services and stations in Greater Manchester.

Who operates train services in Greater Manchester?

Northern Rail runs the majority of services in the county but Arriva Trains, First TransPennine Express, and Virgin also operate services.​

Who owns Greater Manchester's rail network?

 

Network Rail owns Britain's rail network. It runs, maintains and develops Britain's tracks, signalling system, rail bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 18 major train stations.​

 

How many people travel on train services in Greater Manchester?

 

25 million journeys are made on train services in Greater Manchester every year - with around 21,000 passengers in the morning peak.

 

Who decides when and how often a train will stop at a station

Timetable changes are agreed well in advance through discussions between TfGM, the train operators and Network Rail. Deciding factors include demand, commercial needs, network capacity and scheduling space.

Who carries out improvements to stations?

Each station is managed by a train operator or Network Rail. The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee regularly provides money for improvements to access, parking, passenger information displays, and waiting areas.

Which are the busiest stations in Greater Manchester

Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport and Bolton are the busiest stations in the county. Piccadilly is easily the busiest, with passengers making more than 22 million journeys to and from the station every year.

How many people can travel in a train carriage

Most carriages provide around 100 spaces for passengers - 70 seated, 30 standing.

How many stations are there in Greater Manchester?

 

Greater Manchester's rail network covers nearly 150 miles and includes 96 stations.​

 

Metrolink

TfGM owns the Metrolink network, controls the price of tickets, and plans future developments.​

When did Metrolink open?

Metrolink opened to passengers on 6 April 1992 running between Bury and Altrincham. The service now covers an expanded network serving many more areas of Greater Manchester.

Where do the trams run to?

Fast and frequent Metrolink services run from Manchester city centre to Altrincham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles, MediaCityUK, and Rochdale via Oldham.
 
Trams also run to Manchester Airport via Wythenshawe from the Cornbrook stop, where passengers can connect with services to the rest of the network.

Who operates the tram service?

RATP Dev UK, a subsidiary of the French state-owned company which runs the Paris Metro, took over the contract to run the Metrolink network in August 2011. The company is also responsible for the maintenance of the network. RATP Group has a span of expertise covering 12 countries and the experience of carrying 12 million passengers a day.

What distance does the network cover?

Metrolink is now the largest light rail network in the UK, covering almost 60 miles of track and serving 92 stops.

 

How many trams are there?

Metrolink is investing more than £240 million in a new generation of brighter, more reliable and more spacious trams. This investment will take the size of the Metrolink fleet to 120 trams by 2017, which will provide even more room for passengers travelling on the busiest lines at the busiest times.

How many stops are there?

There are now 92 stops across the Metrolink network. A brand new stop will open in Exchange Square in the city centre in winter 2015/16 as part of the Second City Crossing (2CC).

What's being done to relieve overcrowding?

Metrolink is investing more than £240 million in a new generation of brighter, more reliable and more spacious trams. This investment will take the size of the Metrolink fleet to 120 trams by 2017, which will provide even more room for passengers travelling on the busiest lines at the busiest times.

How many passengers travel on Metrolink each year?

In 2014, a record-breaking 30 million journeys were made by passengers on Metrolink – and that figure is expected to break the 40 million mark by the end of the decade.

Are there plans to expand the network?

Yes: an additional line across Manchester city centre is currently being delivered (known as the Second City Crossing, or 2CC) and will be complete in 2017. A further line to the intu Trafford Centre via Trafford Park is being progressed and could be operational as early as 2020.

Greater Manchester Transport Fund

In May 2009, the former Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) established the £1.5 billion Greater Manchester Transport Fund. Transport for Greater Manchester will be responsible for delivering the public transport projects covered by the investment programme.

What is the Greater Manchester Transport Fund?

The Greater Manchester Transport Fund has been established to prioritise funding for transport schemes that deliver the maximum benefit to the Greater Manchester economy, consistent with positive package level social and environmental outcomes.

What schemes will be delivered under the fund?

  • Altrincham Interchange
  • Bolton Interchange
  • Leigh-Salford-Manchester Busway
  • The Cross City Bus scheme
  • Manchester Airport Metrolink line
  • Ashton Metrolink line
  • Didsbury Metrolink line
  • Oldham town centre Metrolink line
  • Rochdale town centre Metrolink line
  • Second City Crossing (Metrolink)
Four road schemes have also been prioritised for funding under the programme, which will be delivered by the relevant Local Authority.

How was the list of transport schemes decided?

The strategy focuses funding on these schemes that will deliver the greatest benefits for Greater Manchester's economy, consistent with positive package level social and environmental outcomes.

Where is the funding coming from?

The investment is being funded from a combination of central government grants; a 'top slice' from Integrated Transport Block Local Transport Plan funding over a period of nine years from 2010/11; and £775 million from a combination of borrowings to be undertaken by the now Greater Manchester Combined Authority and to be repaid from future Metrolink net revenues; the annual ring-fenced levy contributions; and from other local / third party contributions.

How many new jobs will it create? What other benefits will it deliver?

The programme is forecast to generate 21,000 jobs and increase total Greater Manchester GVA by £1.3 billon per annum by 2021.