The Council and democracy State of the city report 2019

A connected city

Having effective connectivity locally, nationally and internationally makes cities far more attractive places for people to live and for businesses to invest, leading to the creation of better-quality jobs. Manchester already benefits from strong connections, but is continuing to make improvements through major investment in infrastructure.

In order to enable residents to easily access jobs, education and services, our network of connections needs to be fully integrated, attractive to users, and affordable. Investment in such a system should result in a higher uptake in active modes of travel (walking and cycling) and public transport, and reduce congestion and pollution. Progress is being made, such as the continuing trend of more people travelling into the city centre by sustainable transport, but changes are needed to tackle congestion, improve air quality and reduce emissions.

Manchester is continuing to establish itself as a place where the transformative potential of the digital and technology sector can be harnessed and explored. It continues to attract established firms and to be a magnet for entrepreneurs who are confident in the supportive environment the city has created. Maintaining and enhancing Manchester’s digital infrastructure to ensure high levels of connectivity is critical to sustaining the city’s ambition to be a leading international city.

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