SEMMMS Final Report 2001

“10.5 The recommended strategy has a strong public transport focus which builds on the established strengths of the study area’s existing public transport network while addressing its major deficiencies. The promotion and development of the bus network as a study area wide alternative to car travel, and as a means of transport accessible and available to study area residents, forms the centrepiece of the public transport recommendations. The strategy also aims to build on the recent reversal of the long term decline in rail use, and in particular recognises its role for commuting trips to the centre of Manchester and for longer distance trips. The strategy recognises the potential role rail can play in serving orbital journeys. The strategy builds on the recognised success of the Metrolink light rail system by recommending a further expansion of the network.”