Greater Manchester seeks to add rail to ‘Bee network’

Six routes identified

Greater Manchester is targeting the devolution of selected local rail services following the agreement of a devolution deal with Government on 15 March. The single funding settlement is similar to those in place for Scotland and Wales; however, this is the first time such a flexible grant has been given to an English region.

Greater Manchester has a vision to improve public transport through the Bee Network – an integrated London-style transport system for the city region across bus, Metrolink, rail and cycle hire services. By 2030, Greater Manchester wants local public transport connectivity to be significantly closer to the standards of London, with improved services, simpler fares and integrated ticketing.


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