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Greater Manchester’s Congestion Deal

Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester

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Last year I started a congestion conversation because I wanted to hear how congestion affects you and what you think the priorities for tackling it should be. Over 7,000 people responded to the survey and those responses have informed this deal.

But that was not the end of the conversation. Every day my twitter feed and inbox are filled with detailed accounts of the difficulties people experience commuting to work, taking the kids to school or getting to appointments on time because of congestion.

You have made it clear that congestion has a significant impact on your time; your access to employment, education and opportunities; as well as your health and wellbeing. To date, no successful city in the world has managed to eliminate congestion. And I can’t promise to
eliminate it in Greater Manchester. But some places do manage congestion better than us, and we need to learn from those places.

We need to be better at adopting innovative ideas, and making use of new technology. Crucially, we need to do more to get people out of their cars and encourage them to cycle, walk or use public transport.

There is no one single solution, but there are simple things we can be doing better.

I asked Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to develop this congestion deal with the ten Greater Manchester local authorities and a reference group of transport experts. They were asked to assess new ideas and identify existing schemes that could be expanded or brought forward for implementation in the next three years, with early measures happening in the first 12 months.

It is focused on people rather than vehicles. While there are measures to improve the way the road network is managed and to provide better use of road space, many of the interventions proposed are not traditionally transport solutions. For example, working with businesses and other employers to enable more flexible working so that fewer people have to travel at peak times.

Many of these ideas have come directly from the people of Greater Manchester. And if it is to be a success, we need everyone to do their bit - from businesses to bus operators, from councils to commuters.

If we do what Greater Manchester does best, and we work together, then I know we can make Greater Manchester an even better place to live and work.