Transport Governance
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Governance In the context of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), the first statutory Combined Authority was established in Greater Manchester from April 1st 2011.

GMCA The role of the GM Combined Authority is to coordinate key economic development, regeneration and transport functions. It acquires responsibilities from the former Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) and receives a number of delegated highway authority responsibilities covering traffic signals, Road Traffic Reduction Act reporting, network management and some road safety functions.

WLT… A Wider Leadership Team, comprising chief executives from the ten local authorities, and from key partners, such as TfGM and Police and Fire authorities, is responsible for advising GMCA on economic development, regeneration and transport issues. The WLT is supported by senior officers from the GM Commissions (New Economy, Planning and Housing, Environment, Health, Public Protection, Improvement and Efficiency).

SMG… A Strategy Management Group, comprising senior officers from the seven strategic Commissions and TfGM, oversees delivery of the GM Strategy (GMS) and ensures alignment of individual strategies to the Commissions.


TfGMC A new Transport for Greater Manchester Committee was formed to help the GMCA carry out its transport functions. TfGMC is a joint committee of the GMCA and ten GM local authorities. Its responsibilities include advising on transport policy, recommending how much money is spent to support public transport service provision and monitoring transport service quality and performance.

TfGM Transport for Greater Manchester is the executive body responsible for advising on transport policy and strategy, including implementation of the Local Transport Plan. TfGM inherits responsibilities of the former Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), and acquires other new responsibilities due to delegated highways powers; such as managing traffic signals, road safety issues, and initiatives of major road network relevance in GM (data collection, strategic planning and coordination).

TfGM comprises various directorates, and in turn house HFAS (former GMTU), GMUTC and JRSDG.


Protocols To guide GMCA partnership activities in a transport context, three levels of operating protocols have been agreed. HFAS undertakes to conduct work appropriately under the guidance of and in support of these protocols. Drilling down in increasing detail, they comprise:

Overarching… 3 DfT/GMCA protocols (highways, rail, bus pending)

High level… 7 DfT/GMCA sub-protocols (strategy, transport and land use, projects inception and delivery, network management, road safety, modelling, research and development – others may follow)

Internal… 4 LA/GMCA protocols (traffic signals, transport studies/forecasting, network management, road safety)


Partnership A GMCA Transport Strategy Group, TSG, provides strategic transport policy and strategy advice to support the delivery of transport elements of the wider GMS and elements of the Highways Agency (HA) Strategic Plan. The Group advises the WLT, TfGM and GMCA on strategic transport issues facing the Greater Manchester Partners.

As part of the establishment of the Group, a series of five partnership arrangements have been agreed, to provide necessary governance of the GM Highways functions as set out in the protocols.

The partnerships comprise representatives from TfGM, GM local authorities and other relevant organisations, including GM Police, GM Fire and Rescue Service, and the Highways Agency.

Transport Policy and Strategy Development… To aid development of strategies for delivery of the LTP (in particular re active travel, smarter choices and freight), advise on development of implementation plans, and on the alignment of strategic transport and land use planning policies and strategies. Partnership

Transport Intelligence and Analysis… To support the monitoring of LTP objectives, provide transport forecasting and modelling (and transport studies), and undertake agreed research and development.

Strategic Network Management… To review and advise on strategic traffic management and enforcement of routes, incidents and events (including network efficiency and reliability), network availability (including gritting), and highways occupancy (GMRAPS), and facilitate the GM Freight Quality Partnership.

Casualty Reduction… To monitor and evaluate progress on delivering the services described in the protocols (and their associated performance targets) and to review and develop strategies and programmes to achieve outcomes.

Highways Asset Management… To review and develop strategies for improving highways maintenance performance (including UK pavement management system), drainage and flooding, bridges and structures, street lighting and highways claims.