Burnham says “get with the revolution”

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has used his keynote speech at the Interchange 2024 conference to promote the coming years as a “golden age of public transport” in the North-West of England. Provided that Manchester’s much-vaunted Bee Network incorporates trains by its intended (and stated) target of 2030, he said the city will […]

Non-charging plan in Salford delivers cleaner air faster than charging zone, modelling shows

Building on the transformational Bee Network, and using clean air funding already awarded by government, Greater Manchester’s proposal includes a £51.2m investment in zero-emission electric buses for the Bee Network, £30.5m to fund grants for cleaner taxis, and £5m for measures to manage traffic flow on some roads in the centre of Manchester and Salford. […]

Go-Ahead mobilises Manchester’s first Bee Network buses

The first Bee Network buses left depots in Bolton and Wigan this morning, marking the start of a new era for public transport in Greater Manchester. A fleet of 320 buses will operate 50 routes – the first piece in place of a network eventually intended to span buses, trams, trains and bikes across the […]

TfGM talks of a “buzz in the air” with app a week ahead of Bee Network launch

A new Bee Network app that puts real time bus, tram and train travel information at customers’ fingertips for the first time – and allows them to buy combined bus and tram tickets that are 20% cheaper – has gone live. It comes ahead of the launch of Greater Manchester’s first locally controlled bus services […]

TfGM and Network Rail partner to integrate more transport

Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester are partnering to deliver a joint vision for Manchester and Salford’s central railway stations. They say the collaboration agreement, the first of its kind between the two organisations, is a major step forward in bringing together both land and infrastructure to create a better-connected Greater Manchester. “Through the […]

Greater Manchester’s first Bee Network buses handed over ahead of September launch

Greater Manchester’s very first Bee Network buses were handed over last week, according to Transport for Greater Manchester. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham was in Larbert, Scotland to take receipt of the first five buses to have been built by Alexander Dennis, one of the world’s leading global bus manufacturers. Assembled over several months, […]

Funding award marks a significant step towards Bee Network in Greater Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has welcomed the award of £1.07bn in government funding to the city-region – marking a significant step towards delivering the Bee Network. The funding allocated to Greater Manchester was announced ahead of this week’s Comprehensive Spending Review and represents the most awarded to any city-region in the country and around […]


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