Greater Manchester Combined Authority Case Study

TRUUD is an innovative project which is using localized case studies to coproduce a programme of research and interventions to change the system of decision-making in urban developments.

TRUUD is an innovative project which is using localized case studies to coproduce a programme of research and interventions to change the system of decision-making in urban developments.

Significant economic regeneration and growth in population of Greater Manchester over the past 20 years has brought challenges in managing growth for demand in travel. Greater Manchester has already been successful in managing a proportion of this growth through improved public transport options, but many corridors have seen traffic growth.

Transport for Greater Manchester and lead transport officers from the ten Greater Manchester authorities have been working to develop a new ‘Streets for All’ framework for taking decisions across Greater Manchester’s streets that helps to balance the complex demands of everyone who uses and lives or works alongside them. Most of the issues that Streets for All seeks to address are directly or indirectly related to health:

  • poor air quality and high carbon emissions from road transport
  • congested roads as use of private vehicles has increased
  • low levels of physical activity as people make fewer journeys on foot or by bike
  • too many road traffic injuries and deaths
  • communities divided by major roads
  • declining use of buses
  • fewer children playing in the streets
  • increased isolation, particularly for older or mobility impaired people, and those without access to a car

Streets for All is a framework that brings these issues together in a single, coherent approach. The approach is to nurture the distinct character of each street in Greater Manchester – based on a good understanding of what both local communities and people travelling want from those streets – and reaching consensus about how to make them less polluted, safer and more welcoming for all. This means Greater Manchester can take more integrated decisions in the planning of places and different forms of transport; and local authorities can engage more effectively with communities and stakeholders about how their streets can be improved, based on a clear, shared vision of a street’s purpose.

The approach is being developed via three main workstreams:

  • Preparation of a “Streets for All Strategy” document
  • Three pilot Streets for All corridor studies
  • A “Streets for All Design Guide” to set out clear design standards for Greater Manchester’s streets.