Transport ‘challenges’ to be outlined at public briefing

A briefing on Greater Manchester transport spending plans for 2014/15 is due to take place at Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday 21 January.

The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee will hold its annual budget briefing in the council chamber from 11am to 1pm.

Greater Manchester residents are welcome to attend the meeting, where leading councillors and directors from TfGM will be available for a question and answer session on the transport budget.

The briefing will be hosted by Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of TfGMC. He said: "We've achieved a great deal over recent years as we deliver the £1.5bn investment in transport infrastructure and services through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. Equally as important is our day-to-day spending on crucial bus services and concessionary travel.

"As a local government body, we are acutely aware of the need to make ongoing efficiency and cost savings – while at the same time protecting our long-term investment in transport infrastructure.

"Anyone who wants to learn more about the challenges transport faces in the year ahead is welcome to come along to the budget briefing."

The £1.5bn Greater Manchester Transport Fund was established in May 2009 to pay for major transport schemes, including the Metrolink expansion programme, bus priority projects, park and ride and new transport interchanges.

In addition, transport spending in Greater Manchester focuses on supporting national and local concessionary travel schemes, funding the provision of socially necessary bus services, and providing improved passenger services and facilities.

TfGMC is a Joint Committee of the Combined Authority and the 10 district authorities of Greater Manchester. The transport budget will be considered for approval by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority at the end of January.

To attend the briefing, please email or telephone 0161 244 1000.

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