Amidst all the hullabaloo related to bus fares taking place at the moment, we kinda lost sight of Transport for Greater Manchester – the new name for Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, which came into effect today. No: it’s not an April Fool and we really do say goodbye to GMPTE and hello to TfGM.
Like its London counterpart, there’ll be some new responsibilities for road safety, managing traffic lights and signals, and coordinating roadworks. There’s a new-but-familiar logo as well: the old “M-blem” which has served the PTE for over 35 years is retained in a revised format (above), monochrome with rounded edges. TfGM say they’ll only replace the old GMPTE logos on stops and stations as and when they need replacing, which is just as well given that there are around 12,300 bus stops in Greater Manchester alone.
Other than that it’s very much business as usual, though we may have to start a “GMPTE box” to deposit 50p every time we forget to use the new acronym in favour of the old one.