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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

£1.4billion transport boost to Greater Manchester

by Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Exec.

Greater Manchester is to get a £1.4billion transport boost which will see a host of transport improvements previously put on hold. This is great news. Following the TIF referendum in December, one thing everyone agreed on was that there was still a need for improvements to our transport infrastructure and the Chamber has been keen to pursue how these needs could be met. The funding package is a huge step forward in making these proposals a reality. In the current climate this will have great benefits for the local economy not just in the creation of jobs but also long term economic growth.

Some of the projects now taking place are: completion of the Metrolink Big Bang, with extensions to Chorlton, East Didsbury, Manchester Airport, and Rochdale and Oldham town centres. The money will also pay for:
  • A Stockport bypass linking the airport and the A6
  • The Mottram by-pass
  • A guided busway between Leigh and Manchester
  • The Wigan inner-relief road
  • Increased park-and-ride facilities across Greater Manchester
  • There will also be a `cross-city' bus package, with better and more frequent routes through the city centre.

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