Mayor of Greater Manchester responds to Government public transport funding announcement

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has responded to today's Government announcement regarding funding of public transport services (opens new page), including Metrolink, and projected future investment in infrastructure.

Andy said: “Today’s announcement by the Transport Secretary gives us most of what we need to keep running Metrolink for the next two months and I would like to thank him for listening to the concerns I have raised.

“Of course, concerns remain about what will happen from August. I believe the recovery process in cities like ours would be strengthened by having the ability to plan for the longer-term. Last week, Ministers announced a funding package for London that runs until October and I would encourage them to consider extending the timetable for Greater Manchester’s deal in the same way.

“We fully support the Government’s ambitions on creating more space for cycling and walking and welcome the additional funding that has been announced. The political consensus around prioritising active travel is becoming stronger by the day and this is emerging as one area where the country is set to build back better.”

Article Published: 23/05/2020 18:05 PM