Our transport and travel priorities
- Increasing use of public transport and active travel modes
- Phasing out of fossil-fuelled private vehicles and replacing them with zero emission (tailpipe) alternatives
- Tackling the most polluting vehicles on our roads
- Establishing a zero emissions bus fleet
- Decarbonising freight transport and shifting freight to rail and water transport
What we are doing
The Bee Network proposal is a vision to make Greater Manchester an easier place to get around on foot or by bike.
The proposal is a vision for Greater Manchester to become the very first city-region in the UK to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network: the most comprehensive in Britain covering 1,800 miles.
Its aim is to make the region a nicer place to live, work, get on and grow old and to connect every neighbourhood and community, while helping people be less dependent on cars. This plan aims to tackle the societal problems that GM shares with the rest of the country - an obesity epidemic, air quality issues and streets that are often clogged with motor traffic during peak hours.
Buses are vital to reducing the number of cars on the roads of Greater Manchester, but bus use is falling.
Currently in Greater Manchester, individual bus companies decide their own routes, timetables, tickets and standards. In areas they don’t run, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps in the market where it can. Bus services can be improved and Greater Manchester now has a chance to do buses differently.
We are proposing a franchising scheme for the whole of Greater Manchester. This would mean that bus services would be under Greater Manchester’s control and they would decide which services would be provided - like the way buses are run in London and some other major cities around the world. GMCA would set the routes, timetables, tickets and standards, while the bus operators would run the services. This would allow buses to work better with the rest of our public transport – as part of the TfGM network (opens in a new tab) – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system.
A consultation on the proposed franchising scheme was held between Monday 14 October 2019 and Wednesday 8 January 2020.
Clean Air Plan
Air pollution is linked to a range of very serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma. It contributes to around 1,200 early deaths in Greater Manchester every year, harming our health and our economy.
The government has directed Greater Manchester and many other areas to bring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels on local roads within legal limits as soon as possible. The fastest way to do this is a Clean Air Zone.
The 10 Greater Manchester local authorities have worked together to consider a wide range of measures to tackle air pollution, alongside a Clean Air Zone. Together, these form the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
The proposed ‘category C’ charging Clean Air Zone would cover local roads across the whole of Greater Manchester from 2022. It would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The most polluting commercial vehicles would pay a daily charge to travel on local roads in the Zone. Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds would not be charged. The Zone would be enforced by a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
The costs of introducing a Clean Air Zone are covered by government. We’re not aiming to make money from the Zone – any income would cover its running costs and any leftover money would be spent on improving local transport.
The proposed Clean Air Zone aims to:
• Bring NO2 emissions within legal limits as quickly as possible.
• Discourage polluting commercial vehicles from travelling on local roads in Greater Manchester.
• Encourage businesses to switch to cleaner, low- or zero-emission vehicles.
The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040
Transport in Greater Manchester is changing. Our vision is for: “World class connections that support long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all.”
To achieve this, we have an ambitious plan to establish a fully integrated, high capacity transport system across Greater Manchester.
Transport for Greater Manchester has developed the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 on behalf of the GMCA and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.
It sets out long-term proposals to create a cleaner, greener, more prosperous city region through better connections and simpler travel.