Demonstration of an effective structure by which a SUMP can be prepared at a regional level whilst ensuring shared organisational and political ownership.
The Greater Manchester (GM) SUMP was prepared at a regional level, offering strategic oversight and coordination between the needs and expectations of the 10 districts within GM. By developing the SUMP in this way it enables more collaboration on major infrastructure investments including securing funding from national government, it offers a layer of strategic oversight on projects to ensure coordination across the city region, it also allows the city region government to have more insight into areas which require more investment to improve economic and social opportunities for residents.
The SUMP was prepared by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) , who were given authority by GMCA to coordinate input from the districts.
In order to take forward the SUMP at a regional level a TfGM Committee has been established. The Committee comprises of the GMCA and the 10 local districts in GM. It is responsible for advising the GMCA on transport policy, recommending how much money is spent in supporting public transport and monitoring the quality and performance of transport services. TfGM carries out the decisions of the GMCA and the Committee.
Prior to this approach, Local Transport Plans has been written by the GMPTE (which existed before TfGM) and staff members on loan from the districts. This approach limited the ability to develop a document with unbiased oversight. These documents were also written for significantly shorter periods whereas the GM SUMP looks to 2040.

Resources needed

This is unavailable as the Greater Manchester SUMP was prepared by TfGM with input from the 10 GM Districts.

Evidence of success

The Greater Manchester SUMP was published in February 2017, which marked the completion of the development process. The SUMP has now entered the implementation phase which utilises the accompanying delivery plans. The projects within the delivery plans are agreed with the districts and prioritised based on a range of factors including local need, available funds and strategic importance.

Potential for learning or transfer

This Good Practice could be adopted by other European regions if the required governance structures are in place and the transport authority is able to liaise between the relevant local public bodies.
Main institution
Transport for Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Start Date
June 2015
End Date
February 2017


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