Manchester : Identification of metropolitan area

Greater Manchester:

  • 2.7 million residents
  • The heart of the north
  • 10 local authorities across the political spectrum working together
  • Longest-established combined authority in the UK – established in 2011.
  • Centre of innovation, education, industry and culture
  • Economic potential exceeds that of any other UK city region
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Greater Manchester, the Heart of the North

Home to:

  • MediaCityUK
  • Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan universities, as well as other higher education institutions
  • Manchester Airport
  • Diverse private sector – service sector (especially financial and professional), creative and digital, health, retail, construction, manufacturing, logistics
  • World class international sporting venues – Old Trafford, Etihad, Velodrome, Lancashire County Cricket ground
  • Urban and rural tourist/leisure destinations from museums to moors
  • City region contributes £49bn to UK economy

Governance :

  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority: Created in 2011 comprising 10 local authorities across the political spectrum, working together to deliver sustainable economic growth.
  • Transport for Greater Manchester is the Combined Authority’s delivery arm which implements the transport policies.
  • Based on previous long-term foundation of consensus, stability, consistency and commitment between authorities
  • Pioneering ‘city region’ concept
  • Longest-established combined authority in the UK
  • Gives Greater Manchester the potential to become a ‘super city’ – the largest non-capital city in Europe, competing with the likes of Chicago on the world stage
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