Why is transport so important?

Both the population and the economy of Greater Manchester are growing – with the number of people living in the city-region set to exceed three million by 2040 and around 110,000 additional jobs forecast for the next ten years.

A growing economy needs effective transport, providing people with real choice.

For Greater Manchester’s economy and communities to flourish and prosper, we need to connect people with opportunities and information, entrepreneurs with ideas and capital, and employers with talent and skills. Excellent transport connectivity can also act as a catalyst for new development and regeneration: transforming and revitalising old sites with new productive uses.

More growth and activity means we need more people to use public transport and active travel modes for more of their journeys. Otherwise congestion will increasingly limit growth and opportunities for residents and businesses.