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 this article Transport for the North’s newly appointed Director of Integrated and Smart Travel, Jeremy Acklam, explains more about how the implementation of innovative new technologies could revolutionise travel and transport across the North of England.
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.
Greater Manchester leaders have detailed plans for its green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to accelerate the region's 2038 zero carbon ambitions, including a Clean Air Plan and a set of minimum standards for taxi and private hire services.
The infrastructure plans aim to enable people to keep their distance for safe essential journeys and exercise during the coronavirus lockdown and through the recovery period.
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.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority is the first city-region in the UK to launch a public consultation on a proposed bus franchising scheme.
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.
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.
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.
YouGov survey finds that Greater Manchester residents would support more bus priorities, such as bus lanes, to tackle congestion and improve air quality, but do not want this to come as a result of higher taxes.
Plans for further extension of Manchester’s transport network could result in more tram-train services and a greater local control of transport.
Funding has been earmarked for Greater Manchester to ease congestion and improve air quality and infrastructure throughout the city.