The Anonymous Widower

A Mayor For Manchester?

Rochdale though sums up one of the problems of Manchester.  You have all these individual towns, that it would seem don’t talk to each other.  Some are proposing that there needs to be a mayor for Greater Manchester. There was a big article in The Times yesterday about a mayor for Manchester.

Recently,on my travels to the 92 football grounds in the UK in alphabetical order by public transport, I put England under a savage microscope. Some places like Exeter, Sheffield and Newcastle were no problem, as everything was signed and easy to understand.

But the biggest contrast was between Hartlepool and Manchester.  I’d expected a post-industrial dump in the first and a modern city in the second.

I was so wrong about the first and was surprised to see a town that had pulled itself out of the abyss, with the help of a mayor who fought for the town.  Manchester may have some nice new buildings and attractions, but it has the  most disintegrated public transport system in the UK.  Try turning up at Piccadilly station in a wheelchair and getting to Oldham hospital to see your mother, who’s fallen and broken her hip, without using a taxi! I know London isn’t perfect, but try getting from Euston to Barnet General.

Where was Manchester buses, welcoming booth at the station? Why didn’t the buses talk me through their route? Where were the street and bus maps at every bus stop? Where were the wheel-chair accessible buses with separate doors for entrance and exit?

London’s bus system has improved so much over the last few years and this is probably down to one person being in charge of the whole system, who reports directly to the mayor.

We are having a mayoral election in London in May.  Manchester could do a lot worse than ask the one who comes second to be their interim mayor, with a major responsibility to sort out their transport system and make it friendly and understandable to everybody and especially visitors and the disabled.

February 17, 2012 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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  1. […] years ago, I put forward my reasons why Manchester needs a mayor, with responsibility for the wider […]

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