Trafford chief Andrew Western takes over as head of Greater Manchester transport committee

LEADER of Trafford Council and Priory Ward Councilor Andrew Western has been elected as the new chairman of the Greater Manchester Transport Committee (GMTC), as Greater Manchester continues to prepare for the biggest change in transport in the area of the city for more than 30 years: the Bee Network, an integrated London-style transport network.

The GMTC is a joint committee made up of decision-makers from Greater Manchester’s Ten Councils, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. It represents Greater Manchester residents and businesses to ensure that operators, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and authorities are held accountable for the provision and performance of present and future transport services, ensuring that they are effective and best serve those who live and work. , and visit Greater Manchester.

Leader of Trafford Council since 2018 and representing the priory area for 11 years, Cllr Western is also the Local Government Association’s multi-stakeholder lead (Chairman) on finance, resources and cost of living. He will bring his previous professional experience in civil engineering consulting, particularly around the delivery of large 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 accountable for delivering important 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 difficult time for public transportation. I am therefore happy to have retained his knowledge and experience through his appointment as vice-president.

“Greater Manchester rightly has bold transport ambitions and the next three years are a critical time for the implementation of the Bee Network. This includes returning buses to public control and ensuring residents have easy access to bus, train and Metrolink services. We are also continuing with our plans to provide the largest cycling and walking network in the UK.

“Now, more than ever, we need a transportation system that is affordable and accessible to all and that allows people to better connect to opportunities in the region. I look forward to working closely with the Mayor, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and committee members from all areas of Greater Manchester as we ensure that the needs of Greater Manchester residents are at the heart of the planning and delivery of transport services.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “I would like to congratulate Cllr Western on his appointment as chair of the Greater Manchester Transport Committee.

“We are in the midst of large-scale public transport reform to provide an integrated London-style system for our city-region, and I am confident that Cllr Western will provide excellent leadership and always keep the best interests of our people at heart. residents.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Andrew and the rest of the committee, building on their accomplishments thus far in exploring and realizing the Bee Network’s transformative vision.”

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