LEADER of Trafford Council and Priory Ward Councilor Andrew Western has been elected the new chairman of the Greater Manchester Transport Committee (GMTC) as Greater Manchester continues to prepare for the city’s biggest change in transport in over 30 years: the Bee Network, a London-style integrated transport network.
GMTC is a joint committee made up of decision-makers from the ten councils of Greater Manchester, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. It represents residents and businesses in Greater Manchester to ensure that operators, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and authorities are held accountable for the provision and performance of current and future transport services, to ensure that they are effective and provide the best of serving those who live, work, and visit Greater Manchester.
Cllr Western has been leader of the Trafford Council since 2018 and has represented the Priory Ward for 11 years. He is also the cross-party leader (chairman) of the Local Government Association on finance, resources and cost of living. He will bring previous professional experience in civil engineering consultancies, particularly around the delivery of major transportation infrastructure projects, to his new role as chairman of GMTC.
Cllr Andrew Western said: “The committee has played a fantastic role in holding operators, TfGM and other bodies to account for providing key transport services to the people of Greater Manchester.
“On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank Cllr Mark Aldred for his leadership over the past four years during an incredibly challenging time for public transport. I am therefore pleased that I have retained his knowledge and experience through his appointment as Vice-Chairman.
“Greater Manchester rightly has bold ambitions for transport and the next three years are a critical time as we implement the Bee Network. This includes returning buses to public control and ensuring that residents have easy access to bus, train and Metrolink services. We are also continuing our plans to build the UK’s largest cycling and walking network.
“Now, more than ever, we need a transport system that is affordable, accessible to all and that enables people to better connect with opportunities across the region. I look forward to working closely with the Mayor, the Combined Authority of Greater Manchester and committee members from all parts of Greater Manchester as we ensure that the needs of Greater Manchester residents are at the heart of how transport services are planned and delivered.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “I would like to congratulate Cllr Western on being appointed chairman of the Greater Manchester Transport Committee.
“We are in the midst of a major public transport reform to deliver an integrated London-style system for our metropolitan area, and I have no doubt that Cllr Western will provide outstanding leadership and always have the best interests of our residents at heart. will take.
“I look forward to working closely with Andrew and the rest of the committee, building on their achievements to date around researching and delivering the transformative Bee Network vision.”