Twenty Five Years of Transport Action

In the 1970s there was increasing concern about the decline of inner city areas, urban sprawl and decline in the use of public transport (sounds familiar?!). 1974 saw the birth of "Greater Manchester Transport Action Group" (GMTAG) to promote public discussion and participation in the formulation of transport policies and provision of transport services. In its early years, the group organised monthly seminars which continue today (but now organised by Manchester University's planning department). A quarterly newsletter is produced, responses are made to consultations on county and government policies, and submissions made at public inquiries (including Dumplington and the Manchester Airport second runway). Acting as the local Transport 2000 group, GMTAG is a very active group and always welcomes new members - either contact Ken on the number below or attend GMTAG's 25th Anniversary Event at 11am on Saturday 14 November, with Chris Mulligan, director of GMPTE, discussing the recent government White Paper on transport, at the Friends Meeting House.

GMTAG is also planing a write-in competition to raise publicity on its 25th Anniversary. GMPTE have agreed to support it. Full details will follow in the next issue but it is expected to be about people's aspirations for improving journeys taken by alternate means to the private car.

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GM Transport Action Group, (Ken Child, 0161 445 7328)