Managing the highways

Greater Manchester’s roads are the arteries of the region’s economy. It is essential that the network functions effectively with minimum delays and congestion, to support the economic growth of our region.

The busiest of Greater Manchester’s roads make up just seven percent of the total length, but carry two-thirds of peak-time traffic. That equates to 6.6 million trips by people every day.

Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities are responsible for the roads in their area but until recently, there has been no central, strategic oversight for management of roads across boundaries.

As part of devolution, these roads have been brought together into a single Key Route Network (KRN), spanning all of the Greater Manchester local authority areas and totaling over 600 kilometres.

We have strategic management responsibilities for the KRN across all 10 Greater Manchester local authority districts, working in partnership with the Greater Manchester local authorities and Highways England. This will allow us to monitor performance and report more consistently across the network and helps us to develop policies that support strategic traffic movements.

The efficient movement of traffic on the KRN is essential for commuting and logistics. Greater coordination supports investment and growth across the whole of Greater Manchester. With strategic oversight of the KRN, the performance and investment in these vital roads can be maximised over the long term. Ultimately, this will help to reduce delays and congestion, to benefit all road users.

In addition, we will also be investigating, with local authorities, the feasibility of consolidating further aspects of asset management across our road network with a view to delivering improved resilience and value for money for Greater Manchester taxpayers, and ensure that maintenance and renewal takes place in a strategic and coordinated way across the region.

We will work with a number of Greater Manchester local authorities to establish whether a Highways Shared Service hosted by TfGM would provide a more sustainable model for the delivery of some highways functions.