Manchester City Council

Getting About

Seem to be developing regular transport slots in my diary at the moment. Last week I was speaking at a conference in London on transport and sustainability. Next week I'm speaking at a conference here in Manchester when I will be talking largely about transport investment needs in Greater Manchester and across the north.

This afternoon I'm interviewed by renowned actor Richard Wilson for a Channel 4 documentary looking at railways and whether or not we have had enough investment over the past decade in the North. The short answer is of course no. We have benefitted significantly from investment in the West Coast mainline which means we do now have a relatively regular and reliable service to London, but at times that service is already running out of capacity. We have had some local investment, particularly in Metrolink, but have had to fight ferociously for every penny of central government money that's supported that investment. We have at last got the Manchester ( now Northern Hub ) issues on the national agenda but will have to continue to press hard to get Network Rail's excellent plans for relieving congestion in the rail network around Manchester delivered, something that would have major transport and economic benefits for the whole of the North of England. Looking at immediate needs, so far we have failed miserably to get the extra carriages we need to relieve congestion on Greater Manchester commuter rail services, and looking further into the future, we still have to nail down an absolute committment to High Speed Rail coming to Manchester ( rather than ending in a field somewhere in Staffordshire ). It's a big agenda and one of vital importance to the city.

There are 19 responses to “Getting About”

  1. MCC commuter Says:

    I'm sure there'll be plenty of spare seats on the trains when the VS and VER's amongst us are no longer using them on a daily basis!

  2. V Meldrew Says:

    I don't belieeeve it

  3. Field in Staffordshire Says:

    Don't be so patronizing!

  4. Mark in Manchester Says:

    Working for MCC I'm not particularly bothered about transport problems, i do believe we have none..within the city that is, I'm more concerned about the important things like keeping our city clean and even now before the proverbial hits the fan you can tell things aren't right. why oh why were street scene night crews that empty all the road side bins disbanded ? what a knock on affect this has on the day crews now trying to do two jobs at once. We have a lot of students visiting and studying in Manchester every year, we have a major international Airport, Manchester's history is endless, for gods sake lets keep it clean !!!

  5. Hmmm Says:

    @Mark in Manchester

    ever thought about going to the doctors with your obsessive compulsive disorder mate, they can help ya.. honest.

  6. Aaron H Says:

    It's all gone quiet on the blog - it must be all the shock from being given a paltry 48hrs to consider VS offers.

    Can the last one out turn off the lights..

  7. Jim Says:

    Who is allowed to park in the Town Hall courtyard?

  8. Mark in Manchester Says:

    Listen 'Hmmm', say what patronising remarks you like but when its your job you just cant help noticing just how many untidy people there are around which pi**e* me right off when polititions give it 'you cant have this and you cant have that BUT, we would love it if you could pull your finger out and do twice as much for even less pay than before. my comments were actually aimed at our leader's comments anyway not someone who dosnt have a clue !!

  9. franky Says:

    Its all very well talking about HS rail, but you only have to go to Victoria station to see the urgent need to get rid of these diesel engines and make all railway lines electric

  10. Dom Says:

    I wonder if the travel down to London was by train? First or Standard class for 'Sir' Richard..?

  11. Transport Man Says:

    I am not convinced we need 250 mph trains in the UK. I would advocate improving the existing network first, including reopening the disused Manchester To Sheffield Woodhead Line, then if we are to build new lines aim lower, maybe top speed of 150 MPH which would cost considerably less than a 250 mph toy. Remember concorde? Also, don't forget that a train doing 250 MPH needs considrably more energy than one doing 150 or 100 MPH. Do we really need to get to London in 70 minutes when it only takes just over two hours now? Who wants o go there anyway? I don't!

  12. Aaron H Says:

    Dom

    That's the kind of dim thinking that results in MCC employees having to book the most expensive train tickets available. Instead of being allowed to travel First Class at say, a £22 ticket booked well in advance, we have to book on the day fares instead for up to 7 times that amount.

    All because the current vogue for public sector bashing states you shouldn't be travelling first class, even if it is vastly more economical for the taxpayer. Good old ideological bashing!

  13. Dom Says:

    Aaron H
    It was tongue in cheek, mate. I wasn't expecting information on the best value train fares but to respond to your point, if the 'public sector bashing' and associated protocol didn't exist, surely a pre-booked standard class ticket of £10 would be an even better way to spend the taxpayers money than £22 in first class? The standard of travel should be irrelevant, the cost should be everything.

  14. joey Says:

    wouldnt worry about paying fares whether be it high or low because no one will be goin out of their homes all wiil be out of work due to VS or redundancy in another guise they will all be happily or unhappily on benefits so will all the parents who go to the nurserise when they cant afford the hiked up fees the private sector charge

  15. jinnie Says:

    a message that was on the page of number 10 downing street from the prime minister these were from october 2010 at an event in manchester
    PRIME MINISTER

    I support Sure Start. It is very important for this reason. If you look at all the evidence, where disadvantage kicks in between children from better off homes and children from less well off homes, you might think the disadvantage really starts when the children are five, ten, or maybe even fifteen. Wrong. The disadvantage kicks in right from the start, between nought and two. That is why the last government set up Sure Start. That is why the whole idea of trying to help parents and children in the very early years started. I support that and think it is absolutely right. That is why, in our emergency spending review that we had earlier this year, Sure Start came out of it very well
    so why don our council seem to support us

  16. Aaron H Says:

    You've missed the point Dom - I was trying to say that if the cheapest available ticket is a first class ticket, which believe it or not is often the case, then it should be allowed to be booked.

    If there was a cheaper standard fare on the same journey, then of course you would book that.

    Never mind.

  17. franky Says:

    Go to Victoria Station and breath the scented air of diesel. The only electric vehicle there is the metrolink. They are spending billions on the rapid rail while most cross country trains are diesel, running on electrified lines!!

  18. Dave Bishop Says:

    If politicians concentrated on maintaining and implementing efficient transport systems rather than
    prestige, vanity projects, like High Speed Rail and Metrolink to Manchester Airport, perhaps we might get somewhere.

  19. Traveling bags Says:

    That's the kind of dim thinking that results in MCC employees having to book the most expensive train tickets available. Instead of being allowed to travel First Class at say, a £22 ticket booked well in advance, we have to book on the day fares instead for up to 7 times that amount.

    All because the current vogue for public sector bashing states you shouldn't be travelling first class, even if it is vastly more economical for the taxpayer. Good old ideological bashing!

 

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