Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for co-ordinating transport services throughout Greater Manchester, in North West England. The organisation traces its origins to the Transport Act 1968, when the SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive was established to co-ordinate public transport in and around Manchester. Between 1974 and 2011, this body was known as the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), until a reformation of local government arrangements in Greater Manchester granted the body more powers and prompted a corporate rebranding.[1] The strategies and policies of Transport for Greater Manchester are set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.

Transport for Greater Manchester is responsible for investments in improving transport services and facilities. It is the executive arm of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority between 1974 and 2011) which funds and makes policies for TfGM. The authority is made up of 33 councillors appointed from the ten Greater Manchester districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan).


TfGM own or provide the following infrastructure and services.

Manchester Metrolink

The Manchester Metrolink light rail system launched in 1992. Entirely subsidised by TfGM without a government grant and operated by KeolisAmey.[2] It carries over 29 million passengers a year.[3] With 93 stations it is the largest local transport network in the United Kingdom after the London Underground. Further expansion to Stockport is envisaged.

Rail services

Rail services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Northern, TransPennine Express & Virgin Trains[4]. TfGM subsidise fares on certain local services and fund station refurbishments on an ad hoc basis.


Highways and Cycling

  • Greater Manchester Urban Traffic Control Unit (GMUTC) – responsibility for road management transferred to TfGM in 2009. Entails installation, maintenance and management of traffic signals, limited areas of road safety (2012), incident response and event management via a traffic control centre.
  • Cycling - promotion of the Greater Manchester Cycling Strategy and delivery of Cycle Hubs and regional cycle routes

Fares, ticketing and information

Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC)

TfGM inherited the responsibilities of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive which was itself established in 1974.

On 1 April 2011, the GMPTE became Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM),[7] a new regional transport body for Greater Manchester[8][9][10] that forms part of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). As a result, GMITA was abolished,[7] replaced by the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC) which ultimately reports to the Combined Authority. TfGMC and its subcommittees are made up of a nominated pool of 33 councillors from the ten metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester who manage TfGM and create transport policy in Greater Manchester.

Although it differs in certain structural forms,[11] on the day of its inauguration TfGM became the second most powerful and influential transport organisation in England after Transport for London because it unites previously splintered governance over transport policy in the boroughs under one body.[12][13] It elects its own Chair and Vice-Chair and assumes the functions previously performed by GMITA as well as the newly devolved transport powers and responsibilities from Government and the 10 Metropolitan Councils which make up the area. The 33 councillors have voting rights on most transport issues despite not being members of the GMCA: major decisions still require approval by the GMCA, but the functions that are referred (but not delegated) to the TfGMC include making recommendations in relation to:

  • The budget and transport levy
  • Borrowing limit
  • Major and strategic transport policies
  • The local transport plan
  • Operation of Greater Manchester Transport Fund and approval of new schemes
  • Appointment of Director General/Chief Executive of TfGM

Corporate identity

A TfGM bus stop in 2011 following rebranding

TfGM uses a corporate identity designed by Hemisphere. The black and white "M" logo is adapted from the GMPTE logo and is used on bus stops across Greater Manchester.

See also


  1. ^ All change: Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive becomes Transport for Greater Manchester – with a new logo of course Archived 4 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Manchester Evening News 1 April 2011
  2. ^ RATP buys Manchester Metrolink operator Railway Gazette International 2 August 2011
  3. ^ Light Rail and Tram Statistics: England 2013/14 Department for Transport 29 June 2014
  4. ^ Operators Transport for Greater Manchester
  5. ^ Metroshuttle Transport for Greater Manchester
  6. ^ Bus Operators Transport for Greater Manchester
  7. ^ a b "Arrangements for Establishing the Combined Authority" (PDF). Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). p. 4. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Draft LTP3 Consultation Proposals". Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA). p. 9. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "City Region Pilot and Governance" (PDF). Manchester City Council. p. 14. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership – A Proposal To Government" (PDF). Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). p. 18. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "City Region Pilot and Governance" (PDF). Manchester City Council. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "City Region Governance – Consultation on Future Arrangements for Greater Manchester" (PDF). Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Review of City Region Governance in Greater Manchester" (Word). Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 

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