very well served by its transport systems. It is probably surrounded
by more road systems than any other city in Britain and lies at
the heart of a national transport infrastructure of rail and motorway
networks. There are numerous ways of getting around, or in and out
of the City and the surrounding boroughs.
from an excellent public service provision of buses and coaches
to local and long distance destinations, the conurbation is at the
centre of the main west coast intercity train system with direct
lines most UK major cities including London.
great cities, Manchester is served by its own distinctive Black
Tax Cab fleet as well as innumerable private hire taxi companies
(sometimes known as minicabs).
Airport is in itself one of the most important British airports
offering both short haul European, long haul international and internal
UK flight schedules including a shuttle service to London. The city
and the region are also served by this world class international
airport voted "the World's Best Airport" by IATA in 1997 and "Best
International Business Airport" by Business Travel World. The
Airport is just 15 minutes from Manchester city centre.
There are 2 mainline rail stations in Manchester city centre - Piccadilly
and Victoria, linked by the £150 million Metrolink light rail transit
tram system. Metrolink provides fast easy access directly into the
be forgotten are the Northwest's canal systems, part of the Cheshire
Ring with many major old canals in full restoration and use by leisure
and working boats, including the Bridgewater Canal, the Rochdale
Canal, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the Ashton Canal amongst
others lying within the Greater Manchester region.