Manchester Metropolitan University and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have recently been exploring the potential of joint research. The University hosted representatives from TfGM last month, and together looked at ways they could work in partnership to better understand what the future of transport in Greater Manchester should look like, considering current challenges and priorities.
Guests from TfGM were warmly welcomed by Manchester Met’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Richard Greene, and TfGM’s Head of Innovation, Rafael Cuesta, presented the TfGM Greater Manchester Transport Strategy for 2040.
Dr Delia Dimitriu – with Manchester Met’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, engaging also with the European Commission and with Transport Systems Catapult – was also in attendance, and commented that the “succinct summary of cross-cutting topics related to transport, presented jointly by Manchester Met and TfGM participants, illustrated the generous and complex aspect of such research.”
Helen Richardson, Manchester Met’s Deputy Head of Strategic Partnerships and Chair of the event, concluded a successful meeting and colleagues from both organisations are already progressing with communication on various joint projects.
Manchester Met is highly supportive of TfGM’s aims, and are delighted to have the opportunity to work collaboratively towards the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040. Joint research in such broad-ranging areas will help to shape a modern transport system that delivers against the strategic priorities laid out by the Greater Manchester Devolution deal. Rafael Cuesta concluded that “we find ourselves at a very exciting point where transport in Greater Manchester is concerned. TfGM always has an eye on the future and we know that technology already plays such a vital part of people’s everyday lives. Working alongside our partners at Manchester Metropolitan University enables us to share ideas that may one day become a reality for our customers meaning easier and quicker ways to travel across the network. Manchester Met has a reputation for being great innovators and so sharing ideas with them will no doubt prove invaluable as we look to shape how the future of travel will look in the years to come.”
If any Manchester Metropolitan University academics would be interested in joining the internal transport network, then please contact Alexandra Rysztogi, Strategic Partnerships Administrator, at A.Rysztogi@mmu.ac.uk.