Manchester is the UK’s second-largest economy. With plenty of job opportunities and relatively affordable housing, it is an attractive place to live and work. Also, compared to other large cities, it is serviced by a strong transport system, which means that commuting in Manchester from the outer suburbs or the surrounding satellite towns, into the city centre, can be reasonably convenient.
Commuting in Manchester by Bus
Transport for Greater Manchester runs a reliable and frequent bus service. The network spans the Greater Manchester Metropolitan Area, making most residential areas easily accessible to the city centre. Manchester’s bus service is currently undergoing the largest investment scheme in decades. Under Bus Priority, as the scheme is called, over 25 miles of the bus network will be added to or improved upon. This will include a number of cross city routes that are set to run directly through the heart of Manchester, so you won’t need to change buses if you are travelling from one end to another.
Commuting in Manchester by Tram
Greater Manchester’s tram system, known as the Metrolink, has seven lines which connect the Manchester Metropolitan area to Central Manchester. It is the UK’s largest light rail system, covering 97 stops and over 57 miles of track. A number of stations have a bus, rail or Metrolink line change for commuter’s convenience.
Commuting in Manchester by Train
Manchester City Centre is easily accessible by rail from its neighbouring satellite towns. For example, the journey to Manchester Piccadilly Station from Stockport is 15 minutes and 36 minutes from Wigan. The journey to Manchester Victoria is 21 minutes from Bolton and 18 minutes from Rochdale. This means it is very easy to live outside the city without having commuting to Manchester by train completely take over your life.
Commuting in Manchester by Bike
Manchester is already accommodating to cyclists. A number of cycle routes already exist, which make it easy to access the city centre safely by bike from outer residential areas. As part of the Bus Priority development, Transport for Greater Manchester will also be creating new and improving existing cycle lanes. This includes new “Dutch style” bike lanes, which allow busses and cyclists to pass each other more safely on the road.
Commuting in Manchester by Car
If you like the convenience of driving into Manchester from an outer suburb or satellite town but want to avoid traffic congestion in the city centre, Transport for Greater Manchester offers free parking at their rail and Metrolink stations. Manchester is also leading the way in the electric car revolution. The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Scheme (GMEV) has placed 200 quick charge points for electric cars around the city, making it easier to go green.
Commuting to Manchester by Air
Yes it can be done. Stories of people moving to an overseas location and commuting to their UK based job by air have hit the headlines recently. Although what will probably be at least a four hour journey door-to-door might not be possible to do twice a day, you may find it doable if your job is based in Manchester but allows for flexible working arrangements.
Manchester Airport is a major international airport which serves over 200 worldwide destinations. The airport is 9 miles from the city centre, making the journey approximately 25 minutes away by car or 20 minutes via the express rail service.
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