Manchester City Centre Transport Strategy
Manchester City Council and GMPTE, in consultation with Salford City Council, have developed a new transport strategy for Manchester city centre.
We have identified the need for a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the transport network can support the economic growth forecast to 2020, and delivery of the Strategic Plan for Manchester City Centre published in 2009. The Strategy sets out a transport masterplan to provide the city centre with a world class transport system and making it a better place to live, work, invest and relax.
There is the potential for employment in the city centre to grow by 50,000 by up to the early 2020s. These new jobs will cause the number of trips into the city centre to grow by a third. To retain essential labour market connectivity, the main thrust of this Strategy must be to maintain access to the city centre by all modes and to strengthen public transport capacity and quality, together with improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. This additional capacity will allow an increasing number of people to switch to more sustainable modes of transport; a process that will be encouraged through a package of measures to promote Smarter Travel and behavioural change.