Transport spend under the spotlight

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities are hosting a consultation event this Friday as part of the process of writing the next statutory Local Transport Plan.

The plan will set out spending plans for transport for the next four years, as well as long-term proposals for the next 15 years.

A 12-week consultation on the draft plan, which covers buses, heavy rail, Metrolink, walking, cycling, fares, ticketing, passenger information, highways, health, safety and greener travel, began on Monday.

People will be able to discuss the plan with transport leaders on Friday 8 October at GMITA's Autumn Transport Seminar, which will be held at Manchester Central from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Cllr Ian Macdonald, chairman of GMITA, said: "The Local Transport Plan is a vital document that will define how we approach our transport policies and investment plans over the next few years and beyond.

"It covers all modes of travel and aims to give a clear indication of the direction we want our transport network to take.

"Everybody knows that public spending is under intense scrutiny and it is more important than ever to make every penny count, so it is crucial that we have a clear understanding of our immediate priorities, as well as a longer term vision.

"I would encourage as many people as possible to engage with us to develop the final document. This is your chance to play a part in shaping the future of transport in Greater Manchester, so please share your views with us."

  • The consultation will run until 24 December. Comments received will feed into the final plan, which will be published at the end of March next year. Places at the seminar can be booked by emailing or calling 0161 234 4619. Reservations must be made by Tuesday 5 October at the latest. To find out more about the consultation, visit Copies of the consultation brochure will also be available at Travelshops, libraries and other public information points.

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