The impact of Wednesday’s public sector strike on transport in Greater Manchester shouldn’t be too great, given that most services are operated by the private sector. TfGM advise that Travelshops are expected to be closed and bus stations are unlikely to be staffed: indeed, buses may not be able to use bus stations but in that event passengers should still be able to catch their bus at on-street stops. It’s unlikely that school bus services to schools which are closed will be operating, and the union march taking place in Manchester city centre around lunchtime may cause some delays to bus and tram services. To be on the safe side (considering the possible impact of local government pension schemes) we also contacted the two municipal bus operators, Rossendalebus and Network Warrington, but they confirmed that their services should be running as normal.
We wouldn’t want to be in contempt of Parliament ahead of the Chancellor’s autumnal spending statement tomorrow – ministers are meant to announce things in the House rather than in the press – but seeing that reports of £5 billion worth of public spending on transport infrastructure schemes were all over the airwaves today, we should be safe! Projects to benefit in Greater Manchester are expected to be trans-Pennine electrification between Manchester and Leeds, and the A555 Manchester Airport eastern link road to Poynton and Hazel Grove – in our opinion, two worthwhile projects.
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