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1 Our journey to a low carbon economy Sustainable travel in Greater Manchester

2 2 Transport for Greater Manchester Greater Manchester has a vision of placing sustainable commuting and business travel at the heart of its low carbon economy.

3 Our journey to a low carbon economy: Sustainable travel in Greater Manchester 3 Greater Manchester partners have long been committed to encouraging sustainable travel as part of a wider vision for a low carbon economy. Over the last few years, we have worked hard to establish a strong foundation to support delivery of an ambitious transport and growth strategy. This includes: Leading from the front Greater Manchester partners have committed over 1.5 billion of spending to support the ambitious Greater Manchester Transport Fund, delivering the largest public transport investment programme outside London. Shaping our future through the establishment of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership, Greater Manchester has a robust governance system in place that will drive the low carbon and economic growth agendas in a mutually supporting way. Getting in shape to deliver the establishment of Transport for Greater Manchester provides a model of working that bring together partners to effectively deliver public transport, active travel and travel choices initiatives across Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester also has a strong track record in delivering growth in sustainable travel: Public transport, cycling and walking have always been at the heart of our priorities; Local planning policies have focused on growth in our towns and city centres, which are more accessible by public transport; Through investment in cycle routes, parking and provision of information, cycling numbers have increased across Greater Manchester by 30% since 2005; In Manchester city centre, public transport, cycling and walking now account for 70% of morning trips, compared to 61% in 2002; Investment in Metrolink will treble the size of the network, generating 30 million additional journeys; Get me there smart ticketing and real-time information will improve accessibility and integration across different transport modes.

4 4 Transport for Greater Manchester Delivering our vision through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund In a complex urban environment, the travel needs of our customers are diverse, and therefore so are our solutions. Through investing 59.8million ( 37.4million LSTF grant and 22.4million of local contributions) the LSTF programme brings together technology, travel choices, and active travel measures to support the region s low carbon economy. Made up of a Key Component and four strategic components, Greater Manchester s ambitious LSTF programme encompasses everything from personal journey planning and business travel plans, to improved cycling and walking routes and innovative uses of information and technology across the transport network. Key Component: Commuter Cycle Project The Commuter Cycle Project focuses on increasing the number of people cycling to work through a toolkit of complementary measures. This effectively delivers the Better by Cycle message to commuters in conjunction with the offer of training, information, and improvements to routes. The Commuter Cycle Project also includes the flagship Cycle Hub programme, which provides secure cycle parking facilities at commuter destinations, and at key rail stations and Metrolink stops across Greater Manchester. It is evident that through joined-up thinking, targeted delivery and effective engagement, the Commuter Cycle Project has made it possible for cycling to become a genuine commuting option for people across Greater Manchester. Large Project Component 1: Sustainable access to key destinations and transport hubs Linking communities with employment opportunities and encouraging sustainable commuting is at the centre of our LSTF plans. Focused particularly on encouraging walking and cycling for short trips, or as part of a longer journey, more than 60km of new or improved cycle and pedestrian routes, and over 30 junction improvements, will be delivered by March So far, nearly 20km of new and improved cycle and walking routes spanning the ten districts of Greater Manchester have been completed.

5 Our journey to a low carbon economy: Sustainable travel in Greater Manchester 5 Large Project Component 2: Supporting sustainable travel choices Through a wide range of interventions, the Travel Choices programme will help to remove transport barriers to employment opportunities and support sustainable commuting and business travel. By working with businesses and Jobcentre Plus, and directly with consumers, the Travel Choices team will be able to effectively support large numbers of commuters and jobseekers across Greater Manchester. The uptake of the Travel Choices offer has gone from strength to strength, with over 250 businesses, covering 200,000 employees, having already started their sustainable journey, and 140 Travel Champions in Jobcentre Plus having received training. Large Project Component 3: Smarter travel technology Doing things smartly is important in Greater Manchester, with LSTF funding being used to introduce intermodal, real-time travel information, available to all by web or mobile. LSTF is also part-funding the introduction of smart ticketing system on buses, while on road, a new active travel management system will speed up bus journeys and effectively manage traffic flow. Good progress is being made, with the installation of 35 Automatic Traffic Counters (ATC) at locations across Greater Manchester. These will enhance traffic monitoring capability and will be incorporated into the real-time network oversight functionality. Procurement of a Dynamic Road Network Efficiency and Travel Information System (DRNETIS) is also well underway. Large Project Component 4: Enabling community transport For harder to reach areas, Local Link demand responsive transport services play a critical role in connecting people with employment opportunities. As part of the LSTF programme, existing services in key areas will be enhanced, a 24/7 booking system will be introduced and a Train, Learn, Drive, Earn (TLDE) programme will be rolled out. The benefits of LSTF enhanced Local Link service are already evident with patronage on the Kingsway Business Park service increasing by 205% following the changes to the service, and Travel Choices marketing to businesses and Jobcentre Plus in the local area.

6 6 Transport for Greater Manchester Delivering real outcomes Greater Manchester recognises that attractive and sustainable transport solutions are an essential element of a low carbon economy. Greater Manchester s LSTF programme has been developed to build upon and complement our on-going wider investment programme being delivered by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. Our LSTF programme will establish innovative sustainable travel solutions and deliver a range of tangible outcomes that collectively will reduce the carbon impact of economic growth, strengthen our key centres and employment catchment areas, and expand the travel horizons of jobseekers. + 28m GVA Greater Manchester s LSTF programme has the potential to deliver 5 of benefit for every 1 invested, adding an estimated 28 million to GVA per annum (the equivalent of 900 jobs) and saving at least 1,000 tonnes of carbon per year. Our target is to take 26 million km of commuter car journeys off the road, whilst adding ten million extra public transport journeys and two million extra cycling trips each year. 33m health benefits per year 1 1m person-hours travel time saved person-hours per year travel time saved per year By encouraging active travel, particularly for short trips, we will aim to save businesses 1,500 absentee days and help to deliver health benefits of 33 million per year. Through improved management of the highway network, targeted bus priority at traffic signal junctions and reducing the number of commuter car journeys, it is projected that the LSTF programme will save up to one million person-hours of travel time each year.

7 Our journey to a low carbon economy: Sustainable travel in Greater Manchester 7 Making it happen Greater Manchester has a strong track record of delivering excellence through partnership working. Joint working with Greater Manchester s ten local authorities, who together make up the Combined Authority, has provided a strong foundation to the successful delivery the LSTF programme. We have also strengthened links with both new and existing key delivery partners, such as Jobcentre Plus, as well as community transport, bus and rail operators. Collaborative working with a wide range of cycling stakeholders including British Cycling, Sustrans and local cycle groups, has also been essential as Greater Manchester s cycling agenda gains momentum. These links will become even more important as we develop our Vélocity 2025 plans. Establishing strong relationships with individual businesses, the wider business community and importantly the Local Economic Partnership, has ensured that we remain fully integrated with the region s economic growth plans. Going forward, the LEP will also play a key role in shaping Greater Manchester s transport vision. In addition we also have the scope to better understand and align the active travel activities set out in our LSTF programme with the wider public health promotion work of our health sector partners. Summary By working collaboratively, Greater Manchester partners are consistently delivering excellence while skilfully balancing ambition with robust delivery. LSTF has provided an opportunity to boost local growth and contribute to a low carbon economy, with real benefits being delivered to commuters, businesses and jobseekers alike. With an eye firmly on what happens next, Greater Manchester has collective support for an on-going sustainable transport legacy beyond March 2015.

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