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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.

Creating attractive living environments also plays a role in the economy, by attracting and retaining the diverse labour market that is needed to support economic growth.

That's why we’re focusing on communities – encouraging people to use their cars less and walk and cycle more for shorter journeys, to help reduce congestion, pollution and accidents.

We’re also improving transport between and within our towns by road, public transport, bike and on foot, to help our town centres thrive. Our ambition is that our regenerated town centres are easy to get to and pleasant to walk around and spend time in. Buses will play a particularly important role in connecting our towns and we have big plans for improving services by making them simpler and more attractive to use.

Our Strategy also focuses on how we can move more people and goods into and around the regional centre – that means Manchester city centre and adjacent parts of Salford and Trafford. It’s also about how we will deliver a transformed Piccadilly station, served by high speed rail, at the core of a world-class public transport network.

Additional Metrolink services will take advantage of the new Second City Crossing and bus services will also be upgraded to make public transport an appealing option for everyone. Our city centre streets will be more attractive and easier to walk and cycle around.

Salford Central will see additional platforms to accommodate increased passenger numbers and additional services following completion of the Ordsall Chord.

Junction and routing improvements will aid access to the regional centre and to Salford Quays by tackling congestion at critical bottlenecks.