Greater Manchester starting Bee Network conversation

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, is launching a public consultation on how the city can build a fully integrated transport system.

The initiative follows the news the city region has taken the decision to introduce bus franchising in the area.

The aim is to develop what is being called the Bee Network, described as a London-style transport system intended to join together buses, trams, cycling, and walking by 2024, with rail incorporated by 2030. It is envisioned to make transport in the Manchester area accessible, affordable and easy to use, with a daily fare cap and single multi-modal ticket.

Greater Manchester is encouraging people who live and work in the region to take part in the Destination: Bee Network Conversation by completing the online survey before 12 November 2021, by visiting the Destination: Bee Network bus on its tour of the region throughout October and November or clicking onto the dedicated webpage for more information. Feedback is set to be used to inform the creation of the Bee Network.

“The decision to franchise GM buses and bring them under local control was the first major milestone in building the Bee Network” – Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, said: “The people of Greater Manchester deserve a world-class transport network where you can seamlessly travel across the city-region on buses, trams and trains – without spending a fortune each time.

“The decision to franchise GM buses and bring them under local control was the first major milestone in building the Bee Network. It means that decisions can be made at a local level for the benefit of our passengers and ultimately improve the lives of Greater Manchester’s diverse communities.

“That’s why we’re now asking for people’s input on this key conversation about active travel and public transport across the city-region in the coming weeks. We want to know what people need and expect from the Bee Network and I urge as many people as possible to get involved.”

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