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Transport for Greater Manchester has responsibility for making road travel as safe and efficient as possible for all users: car users, motorcylcists, pedestrians, cyclists, buses, and freight.

To do this we:

  • work with Highways England, and local councils to plan highway investment and management of the main road network
  • manage, maintain and fix perminent traffic signals including puffin and pelican crossings
  • manage the traffic on key roads across Greater Manchester
  • ensure roadworks are coordinated to reduce road closures
  • analyse current and projected traffic flows
  • promote road safety

We are not responsible for maintaining roads and repairing things like potholes, street lights or road cleaning. To report a road problem like this, contact the local council that covers the road. If you don't know which council it is, find your local council on

Travel alerts

Find information about major roadworks taking place in Greater Manchester and view live traffic cameras at key junctions.


DriveSafe provide a number of educational courses for people who have been caught speeding and various other driving offences.

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Traffic signals

We are responsible for permanent traffic signals.

If you notice a problem with a permanent traffic signal, please complete our online form.

The below traffic signals are operated by Highways England via Balfour Beatty:

  • M6/M58/Orrell Rd
  • M6 JCT 23 East Lancs Rd/Haydock Roundabout
  • M56 JCT 7 Bowden
  • M6 JCT 27 Standish

If you notice a problem with these signals, please call 0300 123 5000.

Please note that UTC is not responsible for temporary traffic signals, such as those at roadworks or shuttle working. For problems with this type of installation please contact the appropriate local council.

Greater Manchester’s Key Route Network

A well-managed highway network is a vital part of a prosperous and forward looking local economy.

Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities are responsible for the roads in their area.

But at TfGM we have strategic oversight and management of a Key Route Network making up nearly 400 miles of Greater Manchester’s busiest roads.

While this is just seven per cent of the total length of the highways network, it carries some two-thirds of peak-time traffic.

We monitor and report on performance of this Key Route Network and develop policies that will that keep traffic moving. This is essential for commuting, freight and logistics.

We’re working closely with our partners to invest in and improve the performance of these vital highways.

Ultimately, this will help to reduce delays and congestion, to benefit all road users.

For more information about the Key Route Network, you can view the Key Route Network map.

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Safer Roads Greater Manchester

We are part of the Safer Roads Greater Manchester Partnership, a group of organisations made up of the ten Local Authorities and other partners, committed to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries on Greater Manchester's roads.

The Partnership carries out analysis, campaigns and other activities to promote awareness of specific road safety issues and to improve safety across Greater Manchester.

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Roadwork permits

The Greater Manchester Road Activity Permit Scheme (GMRAPS) covers any person or organisation who wants to carry out work or other activities that may affect a road and its users.

The scheme helps us coordinate works to reduce the impact of roadworks and minimise delays and disruptions.

Highways Forecasting and Analytical Services

Our Highways Forecasting and Analytical Services (HFAS) provides expert transport services to the ten Greater Manchester local authorities, Highways England, and other public and private sector organisations.


Our highways team

Our highways team monitor the local road and Metrolink network across Greater Manchester. Take a look at the short video below to get a unique insight in to how our highways team help keep the region moving.