Driving the debate on North West road congestion
links and traffic congestion between the North West’s 2 major cities
– Manchester and Liverpool – is to be debated at a major conference.
Transport specialists and business leaders will join forces to
debate the fact that only 19% of the 35,000 plus commuters facing a
daily trip between the 2 cities are opting for public transport.
Instead, many workers are opting to use their cars on major arterial
routes such as the M62 and A580.
Hosted by the Salford Travel Partnership in conjunction with
Merseytravel and Greater Manchester PTE, the conference is called
to Merseyside - the sustainable way”. Councillor Mark
Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, and Alan Stilwell, Merseytravel’s
Director of Operations, will speak at the event, alongside a number
of other high profile speakers from the transport sector including
senior representatives from Northern Rail, Arriva Buses North West &
Wales, National Express and the Highways Agency.
Cllr Dowd said:- “We hope this conference will highlight the
need to do something about congestion and promote the benefits of
using public transport to travel between the cities. We are making
investments where we can, such as Liverpool South Parkway and the
new deal we have made to secure an extra 250,000 seats on the City
Line into Manchester every year. We need to encourage more commuters
to move from their cars to public transport. With 35,000 every
day doing the daily commute between both cities we’re taking about
more than 7 million journeys every year. If we can mobilise a
percentage of these trips to public transport it will help to ease
the pressures of more cars on our roads, support the promotion of a
stronger economy in our region and minimise the environmental impact
of congestion. The challenges we all face are very real.”
During the event, companies will have the opportunity to talk about
staff travel problems, how to encourage greener methods of travel,
such as car sharing, and increasing the uptake of public transport.
The event will be chaired by Colin Sykes, BBC transport and
For more details about the event – or to attend the event – please
contact Chris Rice at the Salford Travel Partnership on 0161 295
2458 or email
Ticket numbers are limited so will be distributed on a 1st-come,
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