The Mayor outlined the projects and policies he intends to implement to create a world-class public transport system for the people of Greater Manchester, accompanied by an animated map that shows how public transport connections across the city-region will grow and develop in four phases over the next decade.
Our Network will be an integrated, simple and convenient London-style transport system; allowing people to change easily between different modes of transport; with simple affordable ticketing and an aspiration to have a London-style cap across all modes; with orbital routes that allow people to travel around the city region, as well as in and out of the city centre. Cycling and walking and bus will be accessible and convenient for short journeys, with interchanges and transport hubs enabling people to easily transfer to tram or train for longer journeys.
Our Network will also be built on the principles already governing Metrolink: convenient; affordable; sustainable; accessible and accountable:
- Convenient: Reliable and regular services.
- Affordable: Integrated fares and ticketing across bus, rail, tram and bike hire.
- Sustainable: Zero emissions and powered by renewable energy.
- Accessible: Fully accessible to all residents both at stops and on transport modes.
- Accountable: Run for the people of GM and locally accountable.
The Mayor announced a key milestone in Greater Manchester’s bus reform journey, as an assessment into the future of the city-region’s bus market has now been completed and recommends franchising as its preferred option.
The assessment will be considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday 28 June. The GMCA will decide whether to proceed with the scheme and approve the assessment for independent audit. If this is approved, an independent auditor will be appointed. Once the audit has been completed, the GMCA would then decide whether to proceed with a statutory public consultation on the assessment.
Greater Manchester is the first city-region seeking to make use of the new powers under the Bus Services Act 2017 and the first to test this legislation – so is leading the way nationally in this regard.
The Mayor also announced that as a part of the integrated transport system, contactless payment will launch shortly on Metrolink, a new bike hire scheme including electric bikes will be launched in 2020, expanded Park and Ride schemes at transport hubs and innovative partnerships with Google that will improve travel information and advice.
The Mayor also called on the government to devolve the required funding and powers, as recommended by the National Infrastructure Commission, to deliver the projects and close the gap in transport funding between the north and the south.
Read in full on the GMCA website.