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Transport for Greater Manchester 2040

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.

We’ve developed the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

It sets out long-term proposals to create a cleaner, greener, more prosperous city region through better connections and simpler travel.

What does that mean for you? Watch our video to find out more.

In 2016, a major public consultation showed strong support for these plans from individuals, organisations and businesses from across the city-region, as well as from neighbouring areas.

Together we’ve created a long-term strategy which works for the whole of Greater Manchester and beyond. Thanks for sharing our vision – and helping us shape the future.

Please explore the following sections to find out more.


The Transport Strategy in context

Greater Manchester is evolving. With a growing population and economy, we are also on a path towards significant devolution of powers and funding from central Government. And it’s against this backdrop that we have developed our 2040 Transport Strategy.


Elements of the strategy

Our 2040 Transport Strategy isn’t so much about individual modes of transport. Instead it focuses on creating an integrated, sustainable, and well co-ordinated transport system that supports a wide range of different travel needs.


From neighbourhoods to towns and cities

At a local level, our neighbourhoods have a huge influence on quality of life. They need to feel safe and welcoming. People want to feel connected – to shops, parks, schools, their place of work and to one another. Local streets should be ‘places’, rather than just through routes for traffic.


Across Greater Manchester and beyond

Greater Manchester-wide improvements will enable people to pay for travel more easily, with simple, integrated fares and smart ticketing, making public transport a less confusing option.

Winner of the SUMP award

Greater Manchester has scooped an award in recognition of its sustainable transport strategy.

Awarded by the European Commission as part of European Mobility Week, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) award is presented to city-regions that can demonstrate innovate and effective transport planning.

View our news story or view our video below to find out more.


The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Draft Delivery Plan 2020-2025

To deliver our long-term 2040 Transport Strategy, we want 50% of all journeys in Greater Manchester to be made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2040. That’s a million more sustainable journeys every day.

Our new Draft Delivery Plan 2020-2025 shows how we will make real progress towards achieving this vision and the goals of our 2040 Transport Strategy.

This new Draft Delivery Plan sets out the practical actions we want to achieve in the next five years, achieve mayoral ambitions, and provide a coordinated approach to transport investment.

It also includes a clear ask for further devolution of transport funding and powers from central Government, to enable us to deliver a cleaner, more efficient and integrated transport network.

The new Draft Delivery Plan 2020-2025 has been published alongside Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment – The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).

The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Progress Report (February 2017 – October 2018)

Our first 2040 Progress Report provides an update on progress made in developing and delivering the schemes identified as part of Delivery Plan 1. A great deal of progress has been made over the last 18 months, which is summarised in the context of changes to the external environment and governance arrangements in Greater Manchester.

We are measuring whether the interventions and policies are supporting delivering the vision set out in the 2040 Transport Strategy. Our first assessment against a series of key performance indicators (KPIs) is included in the document.

Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 documents

Greater Manchester's 4th Local Transport Plan

Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Executive summary
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040

Integrated assessment reports:
Integrated Assessment Main Report
Integrated Assessment Habitats
Integrated Assessment Appendices

IA Post Adoption Statement

Accessible versions:
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 - easy read
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 - large print

Draft Delivery Plan: 2020-2025

Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Draft Delivery Plan (2020-2025) Summary
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Draft Delivery Plan (2020-2025)

Supporting documents

Transport Strategy 2040 Evidence Base – 2018 update:
2040 Evidence Base Update
GMSF Transport Study Understanding the Issues Report
GMSF Transport Study Addressing the Issues Report

Transport for Sustainable Communities:
Transport for Sustainable Communities : a guide for developers

Progress report:
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 Progress Report (Feb 2017 – Oct 2018)


Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040:
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Delivery plan 2016-2017 to 2021-2022
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Evidence Base
Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 - Vision
Consultation on Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040

LTP3 full document
LTP3 Integrated Assessment non-technical summary
LTP3 progress report
LTP3 GM Transport Capital-Programme 201516 - 202021
LTP3 GM Transport Capital Programme 201516 - 202021 Technical Appendix



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REFORM supports the implementation and deployment of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) as an instrument for shifting mobility towards low-carbon patterns. In the framework of the REFORM project, through regional and interregional learning exchanges, REFORM will trigger the SUMP development process and amplify the SUMP adoption rate by local cities in four European regions: Central Macedonia (Greece), Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Parkstad Limburg (the Netherlands) & Greater Manchester (United-Kingdom).
For more information go to the REFORM website


The EU project eHUBS, co-funded by European Commission’s Interreg North-West Europe Programme, kicked off its activities on the 10th of April 2019. This ambitious project wants to increase the uptake of shared electric mobility solutions by end-users, through the deployment and promotion of e-Mobility hubs. The 15-partner consortium, led by the City of Amsterdam, will run until 2021 and is composed of European cities, international organisations, shared e-mobility service providers, and universities: Gemeente Amsterdam, POLIS Network, Taxistop asbl,, Bayern Innovativ GmbH, Cargoroo, URBEE, Gemeente Nijmegen, Transport for Greater Manchester, Stad Leuven, TU Delft, Newcastle University, Ville de Dreux, Stadt Kempten (Allgäu), and Universiteit Antwerpen. For more information go to the eHubs website.