Greater Manchester lauded for sustainable transport
Greater Manchester has scooped a European award in recognition of its sustainable transport strategy, which sets out a plan for half of all journeys to be car-free by 2040.
Pitted against Basel in Switzerland and Dresden in Germany, Greater Manchester was announced winner of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan award as part of the European Commission’s European Mobility Week in March.
The city region was praised for its “excellent spatial approach” to travel and the use of new technologies.
Simon Warburton, strategy director at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said: “Our vision for Greater Manchester is that by 2040 half of all journeys in the city-region will be made by walking, cycling and public transport. This will mean less congestion on our roads, less pollution in our air, a boost for our health, and more attractive towns and neighbourhoods where people want to live and work.”
Cycling and walking investment
The award comes as £137 million worth of new cycling and walking schemes were announced for consideration by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the city region’s ‘Bee Network’.
The schemes would create 70 miles of new cycling and walking routes covering Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, including a new Stockport bus interchange with a roof-top park and a Greater Manchester-wide bike hire scheme.
The move means that Greater Manchester is investing around £18 per head per year on cycling and walking - one of the highest levels in the UK.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for Greater Manchester – we’re just at the start of a process that will see us eventually compete with some of the world’s best and most liveable cities like Vancouver, Copenhagen and New York City.
“Greater Manchester’s people, along with the 10 districts, have made it pretty clear that enabling more local journeys to happen without cars as part of a wider public transport offer is what is required to support the city-region on so many fronts – congestion, air quality, creating healthier and more connected communities.”
Businesses can receive specialist support to promote sustainable travel to employees or embed it within their business travel through TfGM’s Travel Choices scheme.
Posted under General Interest and Public / Government / Charity on 3 April 2019