More ambitious cycle routes, fears for personal safety on public transport and overcoming disruptions to tram services were among the concerns fed back by respondents to Transport for Greater Manchester’s 2040 strategy.
Roughly 1,800 residents, businesses and stakeholders submitted comments during the 12-week consultation held over the summer. The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 will be revised and resubmitted before the end of the year following the consultation feedback.
According to a report put before tomorrow’s Greater Manchester Combined Authority executive committee meeting, the main points arising from the consultations were:
- “Clear support for better integration of transport system, with a strong degree of support for facilitating easier and more cost-effective multi-leg or multi-modal journey
- “…resilience of the transport network is seen as being of critical importance, as are the funding challenges of delivering improved transport infrastructure and services
- “…easier orbital travel around the city-region
- “Concerns over bus service reductions
- “…strong desire from cyclists for a more ambitious approach
- “Challenge of improving perceptions of personal security, particularly on public transport”, late night trains in particular
- “…importance of considering the needs of motorcyclists, private hire drivers and people with all types of disability”
The report also spells out in greater detail the responses related to each type of transport.
Rail users complained about difficulty moving between different modes, asking for more flexible fares and ticketing.
Similarly, bus passengers said pricing was inconsistent and moving between services was limited. They also raised concerns over specific bus services being reduced or withdrawn and bus service reliability.
Metrolink users raised concerns over pricing, capacity and reliability. They requested later running weekend services and more car parking to be provided at Metrolink stops. There were suggestions for various proposals for future potential Metrolink network expansions and especially between GM towns around the M60 orbital.
Drivers were bothered by disruptive road works and use of bus lanes and the perceived reduced capacity for other road users.
Under “active travel”, or walking and cycling, the report draws out points about “significant concerns about road safety” and “quality, capacity and security of cycle storage”, as well as calling for cycle education and training and the “importance of learning from best practice cities in Europe and elsewhere in terms of improving the provision for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The report added: “TfGM officers are undertaking further detailed analysis of this feedback to consider the implications for refinement and delivery of the final 2040 strategy.
“There is also a continuing review and analysis being undertaken to ensure the final 2040 strategy aligns with the latest iteration of the merging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.”
Both TfGM and Network Rail are considering options to open up land for development alongside tram and railway lines.
- Find more at TFGM 2040 website