Transport in Greater Manchester
Safe and reliable transport networks, infrastructure and services are an essential part of daily life. Greater Manchester’s transport network is multifaceted, with rail, light rail (Metrolink) and commercial bus services connecting through key transport hubs, along with a significant highway system of motorways, trunk routes and local roads.
Reason for disruption to our transport network
- A transport accident, for example the tram crash in Croydon on 9 November 2016
- An external ‘major emergency’, which may then impact upon transport services. For example the Manchester Arena Terrorist Attack on 22 May 2017, which resulted in the closure of Victoria Station – a major transport hub within Manchester city centre
- Infrastructure issues, such as problems with the overhead lines
- Severe weather, for example during February/March 2018, when heavy snow and low temperatures resulted in widespread disruption to train, tram and bus journeys, and a prolonged closure of the M62.
The consequences of incidents like these
- Delay and disruption to journeys
- Persons trapped or stranded
- Fatalities and/or injuries
- Delays to emergency service vehicles
- Environmental impacts
- Economic disruption
- Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)
- Highways England
- Network Rail
- Train operating companies (TOCs)
- Bus operators
- Local highways authorities
- Manchester Airport
- British Transport Police
- Greater Manchester Police.
Initiatives in Greater Manchester
The Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership has a long-term commitment to making fundamental changes to the public’s behaviour and their attitude towards road safety. DriveSafe delivers a programme of publicity and campaigns targeting the key road safety issues.
TravelSafe is a joint partnership between Greater Manchester Police, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Metrolink and bus operators to give passengers reassurance and deter antisocial behaviour and ticket evasion associated with transport systems.