Greater Manchester up for top European transport planning award

Greater Manchester has been shortlisted as a finalist at the European Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Awards for its work on developing and delivering the new Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040, which was published last year.

The awards, now in their sixth year, are given by the European Commission to recognise cities that have developed innovative and achievable long-term transport strategies that meet the needs of travellers and businesses.

Submitted by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Greater Manchester’s application was commended for its exemplary partnership between the public and private sectors; its innovative use of big data to inform transport planning; and its long-term ambition to move more commuters out of cars.

Nicola Kane, TfGM’s Head of Strategic Planning and Research, said:

“Greater Manchester has worked hard over the past two years to develop an innovative and far-sighted new 25-year strategy for transport, which sets out our vision for a cleaner, greener and more prosperous city-region supported by a flexible, integrated transport system. TfGM is now working with the ten Greater Manchester authorities and other local partners to deliver the strategy, including embracing innovative ways of working and new forms of mobility that can help us to deliver our vision more effectively. This has included: Mobility as a Service schemes: piloting CityVerve, which uses the Internet of Things to explore smart transport technology, and implementing bike share schemes.

“This award nomination is recognition that we are on the right track and have the plans in place to keep Greater Manchester moving.”

The other SUMP award finalists are: Milan (Italy) and Turda (Romania).

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