With bus services hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, many in Greater Manchester have questioned if they would be better off in the hands of city authorities.
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In a detailed Q&A, Peter Bell of Trapeze Group Europe offers his insight into why franchising could be the model of choice for bus companies in a post-COVID world.
Working alongside Vivacity Labs, TfGM is hoping that the new smart junctions will help reduce congestion, as well as protecting vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
The design has been lauded by experts nationally and internationally, with the approach being adopted in Cambridge, Lancashire and Ottawa in Canada.
The proposals include company profits being shared with the region's transport authority to further improve services and connectivity.
The network has expanded into seven of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, as well as a second city crossing with a new stop at Exchange Square and fully refurbished stops at Deansgate Castlefield and St Peter’s Square.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has published a plan to double the number of rail journeys in the city-region by 2040.
Transport for Grater Manchester has announced the introduction of a new police unit made up of more than 60 police officers which will help keep the travelling public safe.
Contactless around Manchester has been warmly welcomed to the transport network, but now TfGM must make sure passengers touch-out to ensure they are charged the correct amount.
The improvements to routes for walkers and cyclists, made by TfGM in partnership with Bury, Tameside and Trafford councils, include resurfacing, new ramps and safer crossings for school children.
Passengers will simply be required to touch-in and touch-out at tram stops without the need to buy a ticket or download an app.
Gareth Turner, Head of Fares and Ticketing at Transport for Greater Manchester, explains how the appetite for on-demand services is spreading to transport, and outlines the steps that the UK’s transport network needs to consider, from payments to collaboration, in order to make MaaS a reality.
The sheer number of m-tickets processed by the leading UK provider shows accelerating appetite for smarter digital ticketing, both in the UK and overseas.