On 27 July 2007, the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) agreed to submit a bid to the Government’s Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). This would bring a 3 billion pound package of transport funding and the introduction of a road congestion charging system. Public transport in Greater Manchester would be vastly improved; including an expanded Metrolink network, longer trains on many of the conurbation’s rail lines and more frequent, high quality bus services. Other schemes including Park and Ride and Yellow School Bus services would be part of the largest and most far-reaching transport investment programme outside London, alongside measures to ensure effective integration across all transport services.
On 9 June 2008 Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Transport, announced that Greater Manchester’s TIF bid has been approved for programme entry by the Department for Transport.
Key improvements TIF would have delivered across Greater Manchester include:
- An expanded, reliable and accessible bus network which would have consistently delivered high quality easy to use services for Greater Manchester
- Bus feeder services to rail and Metrolink stations would have been strengthened with direct and more frequent services to the city centre and other town centres across the region
- There would have been easy to use orbital services operating throughout the day, making bus journeys a real alternative to the car for more people
- A fleet of 120 additional dedicated yellow school buses to transport pupils to and from school in comfort and safety
- Eight new transport interchanges
- Up to an additional 35km of Metrolink line including new stops in Rochdale and Oldham town centres, Ashton under Lyne, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport. Funds had also been earmarked for an extension to Trafford Park and the Trafford Centre
- This would have increased the network to up to 103km carrying about 70 million passengers every year
- More capacity on peak time trams and trains
- More trams and longer trains running at peak times
- Double the amount of park and ride facilities around the city
- A smart travel card helping to improve interconnectivity and allow for easy movement from tram to train to bus
- Safer cycle routes and an innovative city centre cycle hire scheme
Jason was commissioned as a full time consultant seconded into GMPTE (now TfGM) to provide programme management expertise and support to the TiF team.
Jason was part of the Programme definition team who were tasked with creating OBC/FBC business cases, delivery plans and PPM methodology to obtain DfT funding. The TIF package contained ~ 30 work programmes including line extensions, upgrades, station improvements, signaling, stabling and an IT proposal to support congestion charging. He managed the coordination and development of the FBC (using the Green Book) for submission to the DfT. He set up the PMO and he coordinated the development of the ‘Programme Implementation Plan’ which included the new operating structure for GMPTE, risk management approach in accordance with the Orange book and procurement/design approaches to undertake the works.