The Mayor of Greater Manchester’s vision for the future of transport in the region – the Our Network plan – is set to move a step further forward with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority being asked to approve the latest set of proposals from the Transforming Cities Fund 2. £69.5 million worth of transport improvements are being proposed and although this time trams are not at the top of the plans there is still an idea of new Metrolink stops.
The Transforming Cities Fund 2 proposals are said to be in place to help better connect communities, open up opportunities, revitalise town centres and local economies whilst making neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and healthier.
Included in the overall £69.5 million package, £2.5 million would be allocated to fund business cases for new railway stations and Metrolink stops although there are no specific details of where these stops would be.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, commented: “Throughout the pandemic public transport has been critical in ensuring we could all continue to access essential shops and services and for our key workers to get to their jobs. As we look forward to our recovery, I am determined to speed up the delivery on a world-class, integrated public transport system in Greater Manchester. This package of improvements is designed to do just that and lay further foundations for Our Network vision for public transport. It will bring new services to communities with some of the poorest links, as well as improving access for people where it is most needed, including developing quality bus routes between our town centres, establishing the business case for more Metrolink stops and expanding our electric vehicle charging network. So this should not just be seen as building better infrastructure; this is about providing our residents with wider opportunities, access to jobs, skill and education, reducing social isolation and building stronger and better-connected communities where people want to live and are able to thrive.”
Alongside the Metrolink proposals mentioned above £20 million would be allocated to developing quality bus transit schemes and £15 million to a new railway station at Golborne amongst other proposals.