The development of an innovative city region is one of the four key elements of the vision of the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040.  TfGM recognises the importance of innovation in addressing the transport challenges we face today and in preparing for the challenges and opportunities we may face in the future.  TfGM engages with a range of partners to develop innovative solutions and details of some of the projects TfGM is involved are provided below:

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E-scooter trials

As part of a Department for Transport programme of trials, Rochdale and Salford are participating in a trial of rental e-scooters.

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Travel Assist

This project will seek to trial an app which allows people affected by sight loss to travel more easily, confidently and without extra cost.

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Handshake Project

Handshake helps cities of all types become more liveable places, improving conditions for cycling as an everyday mode of transport.

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The aim of this project is to establish effective cross-sector links between the Health and Transport Sector in order to develop better integrated decarbonisation strategies.

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This project will seek to expedite the transition to shared, electric mobility through the creation of Mobility Hubs which will provide access to Car Club EVs and e-cargobikes.

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The aim of Levitate is to prepare a new impact assessment framework to enable policymakers to manage the introduction of connected and automated transport systems, maximise the benefits and utilise the technologies to achieve societal objectives.

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Smart Junctions 5G

The aim of the project is to trial the use of an AI based traffic control system in Greater Manchester to reduce congestion and pollution.

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GM Data Hive

The aim of this project is to develop methods by which better use can be made of local authority transport data. In the case of Greater Manchester, this is to be achieved by making SCOOT UTC data openly available.

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The core objective of this project is to develop technology which would enable connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) to be trialled in Greater Manchester.

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RiConnect is an Action Planning Network of 8 metropolises which aim is to rethink, transform and integrate mobility infrastructures in order to reconnect people, neighbourhoods, cities and natural space.


Project TANGENT will seek to develop tools which enhance the operation of transport networks containing a range of micro-mobility options and a mixture of autonomous and non-autonomous vehicles.



The aim of the project was to gain greater insight into passenger behaviour in transport interchanges, with a focus on levels of social distancing, to allow interchange staff to deploy additional measures to keep passengers safe.