Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan
Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan

Manchester city centre is growing at an exponential rate and it is time to rethink how we do transport into, and around, the city centre.

Manchester has set out its vision for transport; it is vital for you to have your say in order to secure a city that focuses more on public transport, walking and cycling, and less on private vehicles.

The draft strategy sets out several ambitions for our city:

  • a more attractive city centre for walking
  • a cleaner and less congested city centre
  • more people choosing to cycle to destinations within the city centre
  • better public transport connections
  • smarter parking and more integration with other transport modes
  • sustainable and efficient delivery of goods to and within the city centre
  • embracing innovation where it benefits city centre residents and people who work and visit

This 2040 strategy has been crafted by local residents, Councillors and all those who have a stake in our city centre. It emcompasses several emerging challenges and priorities, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic and Manchester’s target to become net zero carbon by 2038. 

Labour locally fighting for active travel investment
Labour locally fighting for active travel investment

Cllr Jon-Connor Lyons said “This is our chance to make a mark on the future of Manchester’s city centre and how we all travel around it. I want to see a city centre which encourages active travel and ensuring routes exist for public transport. Transport into our city is incredibly important and must be protected in our fight for a cleaner, greener Manchester city centre.”

“If we want to make walking and cycling easier, we need to ensure that there is investment going into projects to support those priorities. Schemes such as the Piccadilly to Victoria Cycle route and the Great Ancoats Street works, which gives more room to pedestrians and less room to motor vehicles, are welcomed and need to connect up to the rest of the city centre.”

“There are also other factors that must be considered, such as the Piccadilly and Deansgate Labour proposal for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone for the city centre and the much needed move to bring buses under one franchise across Greater Manchester.”

“If you want to see a cleaner, greener and people-focused city centre, then join me and hundreds of your neighbours in filling out the consultation before the deadline on the 4th November 2020!”

You can fill out the City Centre Transport Strategy consultation here.

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