Road, Rail, Air & Public Transport in Greater Manchester

Manchester is 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.

Apart 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. Like most 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).

Manchester 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
city.

Not to 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.

Metrolink Tram in Prestwich StationManchester Black CabEast Lancashire Railway, BuryManchester Airport picture

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