In order to develop a SUMP that was relevant to the City Region area, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) compiled evidence bases on a range of factors.
TfGM compiled six evidence bases to support the development of the Greater Manchester SUMP and ensure the intentions and aspirations featured within it were grounded in trends and data that were locally relevant. The 6 evidence bases were:
- Economy and employment
- Society and community
- Urban development
- Environment and resources
- Technology and innovation
- Policy and governance
Data was taken from a range of sources, including census information, passenger trips and survey data. Local information was compared to national and global information to better understand trends and patterns in changes to transport. Alongside this, information on new transport planning and service delivery mechanisms was gathered as well.
Previous Local Transport Plans may have considered some information, however this was the first time a range of evidence bases had been developed to support a SUMP. By coordinating the SUMP development with evidence bases that supported the aspirations within the document, the SUMP maintains local relevancy and highlights how trends may impact transport in the future.

Resources needed

This is unavailable as internal staff resources were used to prepare the evidence bases, using data and information that was already available to TfGM.

Evidence of success

The Greater Manchester SUMP was published in February 2017 and references locally relevant trend data and demonstrates that it is grounded in information that supports future aspirations and planning.

Potential for learning or transfer

This Good Practice is easily transferable to other European regions if the data is available.

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Main institution
Transport for Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Start Date
October 2015
End Date
February 2017


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