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Connectivity for what and whom? GM transport after devolution - An Open For...
Wed 29 March 2017, 14:00 – 15:30 EDT
Connectivity for what and whom? GM transport after devolution
An Open Forum
29th March 2017, 2pm-3.30pm,
Room 1.010 Roscoe Building, University of Manchester
In utopian dreams, ride sharing and autonomous vehicles deliver immediate, on demand mobility for everybody within the city. But, in the world as it is, transport connects some places and groups and isolates others because infrastructure, timetables and cost limit mobility. Thus, transport prioritises particular places and interests within Greater Manchester where property development and transport together format the city as a place of inequality.
If devolution brings decision making closer to the people, it will inevitably raise issues about the physical and financial terms on who gets connected for what: taking back the buses in Greater Manchester is only the beginning of a longer political process of debate and decision. Our aim is to help catalyse this process in an event which (1) analyses how policies and practice on built environment and transport infrastructure privilege some places, groups and functions (2) engages with a range of social interests in Greater Manchester about how mobility can be enhanced for disadvantaged places and groups.
The event will be organised in two parts. In the first part, an Alliance Manchester Business Research team will summarise their early stage findings on how transport connections will be changed by official plans to re-make Greater Manchester’s transport within the new GM Spatial Framework and how these plans relate to existing patterns of transport provision and use. The second part of the event will be more interactive and generative and focuses on a set of questions: How should Greater Manchester’s transport change with devolution? What aspirations should be pressed? What targets would be meaningful? How should this relate to place and sectional interest.
The event is open to all who have an interest in the future shape and development of Greater Manchester. It will be of particular relevance to those with an interest in Greater Manchester’s built environment and transport networks from a range of policy, community, academic and lay perspectives. Insights from the event will be used to inform the direction of the research project.
There is no charge but please register via Eventbrite so we know how many people are coming and can send you any updates.
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Roscoe Building can be found as Building 53 on the following map https://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=6507
Please contact Dr Mike Hodson Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the event.
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