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Transport for Greater Manchester 2040

Transport in Greater Manchester is changing. Our vision is for: 'World class connections that support long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all.

To achieve this, we have an ambitious plan to establish a fully integrated, high capacity transport system across Greater Manchester.
We’ve developed the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

It sets out long-term proposals to create a cleaner, greener, more prosperous city region through better connections and simpler travel.
What does that mean for you? Watch our video to find out more.

In 2016, a major public consultation showed strong support for these plans from individuals, organisations and businesses from across the city-region, as well as from neighbouring areas.

Together we’ve created a long-term strategy which works for the whole of Greater Manchester and beyond. Thanks for sharing our vision – and helping us shape the future.

Please explore the following sections to find out more.


The Transport Strategy in context

Greater Manchester is evolving. With a growing population and economy, we are also on a path towards significant devolution of powers and funding from central Government. And it’s against this backdrop that we have developed our 2040 Transport Strategy.


Elements of the strategy

Our 2040 Transport Strategy isn’t so much about individual modes of transport. Instead it focuses on creating an integrated, sustainable, and well co-ordinated transport system that supports a wide range of different travel needs.


From neighbourhoods to towns and cities

At a local level, our neighbourhoods have a huge influence on quality of life. They need to feel safe and welcoming. People want to feel connected – to shops, parks, schools, their place of work and to one another. Local streets should be ‘places’, rather than just through routes for traffic.


Across Greater Manchester and beyond

Greater Manchester-wide improvements will enable people to pay for travel more easily, with simple, integrated fares and smart ticketing, making public transport a less confusing option.


Short-term priorities

There are six key areas that we are focusing on in the short term. These build on our existing major investment programme, which is already the largest outside of London. We aim to deliver these over the next five years, subject to funding...


Into the future

Greater Manchester is the beating heart of the Northern Powerhouse. As we look towards 2040, we’ve been ambitious in our transport plans – they play a critical part in our long-term success.

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REFORM supports the implementation and deployment of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) as an instrument for shifting mobility towards low-carbon patterns. In the framework of the REFORM project, through regional and interregional learning exchanges, REFORM will trigger the SUMP development process and amplify the SUMP adoption rate by local cities in four European regions: Central Macedonia (Greece), Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Parkstad Limburg (the Netherlands) & Greater Manchester (United-Kingdom).
For more information go to the REFORM website