about tfgm

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the local government body responsible for delivering Greater Manchester’s transport strategy and commitments.

More than 5.6 million journeys are made across Greater Manchester’s transport network each day.

It’s our job to do everything we can to keep the city-region moving and growing.

We’re working hard to make travel easier through a better connected Greater Manchester.

We put the customer first in everything we do to help make travel as safe and simple as possible.

What we do

We deliver the transport policies set by the Greater Manchester Mayor and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

We’re responsible for investing your money in improving transport services and facilities, to support the regional economy.


  • Work closely with bus, tram and train operators to help improve the full journey experience.
  • Own Metrolink – the UK’s largest light rail network – and plan for its future, including the new Trafford Park line.
  • Promote and invest in walking and cycling as safe, healthy and sustainable ways to travel.
  • Pay for bus services at times and in areas where no commercial bus services are provided.
  • Keep traffic flowing on some of Greater Manchester’s busiest roads by managing a 360 mile ‘Key Route Network’.
  • Own Greater Manchester’s bus stations, stops and shelters and invest in new, modern transport interchanges.
  • Subsidise more affordable fares to help older people, children and disabled people get around.
  • Develop easier, smarter ways to travel and plan your journey by using data and technology.
  • Play a leading role in coordinating Greater Manchester’s plans to reduce transport-related air pollution.

Planning for the future

Greater Manchester’s exciting programme of capital transport investment is the largest in the UK outside London.

You can find out more about Greater Manchester’s long term plans to establish a fully integrated, high capacity transport network in the 2040 Transport Strategy.

Our Delivery Plan 2021-2026 shows how we will make real progress towards the goals of the 2040 Transport Strategy over the next five years.

We’re also planning for a more sustainable future. Through Greater Manchester’s Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan we aim to make our city-region a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work and play in.

We also offer advice to Greater Manchester's ten planning authorities, advising them on the best way to improve land use and transport integration through plans and development proposals, explained within our Transport for Sustainable Communities guidance.

How we work

We are a local government body directly accountable to elected politicians.

Greater Manchester’s transport policies are set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) headed up by Mayor Andy Burnham, and the Greater Manchester Transport Committee (GMTC).

We implement the decisions made by GMCA and GMTC to improve transport services and facilities in Greater Manchester.

You can find our regular reports to the GMCA and GMTC on greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk alongside details of meetings that are open to the public.

Find out more about our Gender Pay Gap on our pages on the data.gov.uk website.

How we are funded

The majority of TfGM’s revenue funding is provided by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority via a council tax levy.

We also get funding from a variety of other sources, including grants.