Social Philosophy

Delivering the future: Greater Manchester's Transport Strategy

Nicola Kane
3rd October 2019, 7:00pm

Since the industrial revolution and the world’s first passenger railway services transport has played a critical role in shaping Greater Manchester and the lives of people living in the conurbation.

Over the past twenty years transport investment has been central to the rapid growth and reinvention of the city-region; this includes the renaissance of Manchester city centre supported by huge investment in the Metrolink network (the largest light-rail system in the UK), the rapid growth of Manchester Airport as a critical international gateway to the North of England and the current focus on revitalising town centres such as Bolton, Altrincham, Rochdale and Stockport through investment in new transport interchanges and Metrolink services and providing a more attractive environment for walking and cycling.   

Over the coming decades Greater Manchester’s transport system faces some even bigger challenges such as how we cater for a growth in travel as our population increases to around three million people (which equates to an additional 800,000 journeys every day on the transport network), how we provide good transport access to jobs and education for those living in the most deprived communities without access to a car and how we make dramatic reductions in carbon emissions and air pollution from transport. 

This lecture will provide an introduction to Greater Manchester’s ambitious plans for tackling all of these major challenges as set out in a new, long-term transport strategy covering the period to 2040.  The strategy focuses on how we can deliver a more joined-up, reliable and sustainable transport system that meets the needs of both current and future generations. 


About the Speaker

Nicola Kane is Head of Strategic Planning and Research at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and spends most of her time thinking about what the future might hold as her team works to develop and deliver a new long-term transport strategy for Greater Manchester covering the period to 2040 (

Nicola is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) and qualified transport planning professional (TPP) and joined TfGM in 2014 after 15 years of working in consultancy.  She has wide-ranging experience in transport strategy and policy development, development planning and travel behaviour change. 

She’s now enjoying the opportunity to help shape the future of transport in Greater Manchester and is leading on a range of work including a new 5-year Transport Delivery Plan (in support of the 2040 Strategy and Greater Manchester Spatial Framework) and a City Centre Transport Strategy.  Nicola was awarded “Transport Planner of the Year” by the Transport Planning Society in 2017 for her work in leading Greater Manchester’s 2040 Transport Strategy.  In March 2019 Greater Manchester was awarded a prestigious EU “Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” award for its 2040 Transport Strategy.