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Major consultations on regeneration and transport launched in Manchester

Words: Huw Morris
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Two large-scale consultations have been launched in Greater Manchester setting out a gateway regeneration plan and the future of transport in the city centre.

In the first, residents are being asked for their opinions on a £1 billion Northern Gateway scheme, which aims to transform the Irk Valley to the north of the city. The second consultation will inform transport planners on services and infrastructure needed in the city centre in the next 20 years.

The regeneration project, led by Manchester City Council and investment specialist Far East Consortium, comprises 15,000 homes, a transport interchange and a river park.

The initiative is intended to regenerate all former industrial land from the Green Quarter along the river and transform Rochdale Road into an urban boulevard.

The scheme is the biggest regeneration initiative in Manchester since the rental of Eastlands following the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

In the second consultation, Transport for Greater Manchester alongside Manchester and Salford city councils are seeking the views of people who live and work in the city centre of the current transport offer. The move is in response to city centre employment levels, which are expected to rise to around 270,000 people, with up to 100,000 residents within the next 20 years.

Transport for Greater Manchester said that with more than seven million people living within a one-hour commute, the need to develop new and innovative transport solutions is essential to supporting the long-term growth of the largest centre in the north of England.

Feedback received from the consultation will go on to shape the next city centre transport strategy to support further growth. The previous strategy, published in 2010, looked to the year 2020 and saw several major transport improvements, including the Metrolink Second City Crossing, dedicated cross-city bus services and the transformation of the Oxford Road corridor.

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