Transport Update for GM Partners

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Monday 24 June 2024 

This update summarises key transport issues and the latest on travel patterns and transport announcements, including: 

Ring and Ride industrial action

Drivers who work for Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Ltd (GMATL) – the company which provides Ring and Ride bus services for elderly and disabled passengers – have voted to strike from July 1 to July 7 as part of a dispute over pay.

The Ring and Ride service is funded by TfGM but responsibility for staff pay and conditions sits with the operator. Ring and Ride is operated under a service level agreement (SLA) with GMATL, and while not currently included, TfGM have ambitions to work with them to include membership of the Good Employment Charter, which includes requirements to ensure all staff receive the real living wage – something GMATL’s current pay offer achieves – in the SLA in the future.

Final Reminder: Draft Vision Zero Action Plan Survey – one week left

The draft Vision Zero Action Plan survey closes in less than one week (27th June). Alongside the survey, GM Safer Road Partnership colleagues have been engaging with targeted audiences to gather their views.

The survey can be completed by following this link and by contacting 0161 244 1000 or saferroads.group@tfgm.com to request the survey in an alternative format. We’d be grateful if you can please help us share a final reminder with your networks. Attached is an updated stakeholder toolkit which includes email and newsletter copy plus new videos that can be used on social channels.

Reminder: Network Reviews 

TfGM are carrying out a series of Network Reviews to better understand bus services across the city-region so that we can better plan our bus network. We’re asking local Bee Network Committees, communities, businesses, and elected members to help us understand the transport needs of their area. If you would like to complete the survey, please contact network.reviews@tfgm.com.  

Planned Metrolink engineering works 

The rolling programme of engineering works to maintain and improve the Metrolink network continues across several sites, ensuring tram journeys in GM remain safe, reliable, and accessible. Due to essential track replacement and maintenance, the list of confirmed engineering works so far are: 

  • London Road​ – 22 June to 9 July: No trams will run between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens. A Metrolink replacement bus service will be in place. London Road will be closed southbound between Store Street and Fairfield Street with diversions in place. 
  • Altrincham line – single day closures on 30 June and 14 July: No trams will operate between Altrincham and Piccadilly. A Metrolink replacement bus service will be in place.  
  • Oldham – Rochdale line – 21 July: No trams will operate between Freehold and Rochdale Town Centre on 21 July. A Metrolink replacement bus service will be in place.  
  • Shudehill – 24 Julyto 7 August: No trams will run between Market Street and Shudehill. Services in the city centre will operate via Exchange Square and a Metrolink replacement bus service will be in place between Piccadilly and Victoria. Shudehill will be closed in both directions between Thomas Street and High Street with a diversion in place.  
  • Piccadilly Gardens(Phase 1)​: 4 to 19 August:  No trams will run between Market Street and Shudehill. Trams will continue to operate between Piccadilly and St Peter’s Square. AMetrolink replacement bus service will be in place.
  • Piccadilly Gardens​(Phase 2)​: 27 August to 17September​: No trams will operate between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square. Trams will continue to operate between Piccadilly and Victoria. A Metrolink replacement bus service will be in place.  
  • Rochdale line works: 19 October – 31 October: No trams will operate between Rochdale Railway Station and Rochdale Town Centre. A Metrolink replacement bus service will be in place.   

The latest customer information related to planned Metrolink maintenance and improvements works can be found on the TfGM website and customer updates for disruptive works are communicated across customer webpages, social media channels, customer and stakeholder newsletters as well as via on-stop passenger information displays, passenger announcements, and posters.  

Upcoming events and travel advice 

To help limit disruption on the network, travel advice for upcoming sporting events, highways improvement works, rail replacement services, and rail industrial action is detailed below. 

Latest events

  • Pearl Jam will be performing at the Co-Op Live on Tuesday 25 June.
  • Liam Gallagher will be performing at the Co-Op Live on 27 and 28 June.

More information about all upcoming events is available on our dedicated webpage

Reminder:  Highways improvement works

  • Salford – Bolton Network Improvements Programme: Ongoing roadworks on the East Lancashire Road run until summer 2024.
  • Oldham Road, Poland Street and Radium Street works: Ongoing work until early September on Oldham Road, Poland Street and Radium Street as part of the Ancoats Streets for All scheme.
  • Kingsway – Stretford Carriageway Redesign works: Ongoing works on Kingsway, between Chester and Barton Road until autumn 2024.  

More information about roadworks across GM is available here.