Gerald Kaufman MP opens exhibition of award winning transport project

17th October 2003
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Embargo 00:01 17th October 2003.

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Date/time: Friday 17th October, 10.15am
Place: Longsight Library [1]
Gerald Kaufman MP, Cllr Roger Jones (Chair of GMPTE) and community representatives will launch the Longsight project. There will be short presentations and an opportunity to visit the project exhibition.

On Friday 17th October at 10:15am Gerald Kaufman MP and Councillor Roger Jones, Chairman of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA), will be at Longsight Library to give their support to the ongoing work on transport of Manchester Friends of the Earth (FOE) [2] and Hamilton Road Area Residents’ Association (HRACA) [3]. They will be opening an exhibition to present the findings of the two local groups’ award-winning community [4] project about transport in Longsight. The exhibition is open from 10am until 5pm on the 17th and 18th and from 10am until 7:30pm on the 20th.

Working directly with community groups and the public in the Northmoor and Hamilton Road areas, the project talked to more than 400 people, across all the different communities in the area, asking them their transport problems, and what they would like to see change for the better. The report is available on the project Internet site [6]. Three priorities were identified:
· better bus services – especially on the 53 bus, and cheaper Megarider tickets
· reducing the danger from traffic – including measures to slow down traffic, more pedestrian crossings and safe routes to schools
· reducing the danger from crime – including more CCTV and police on the beat.

The exhibition kick starts campaigning on the issues identified in the report. To this end, Manchester FOE and HRACA are inviting local people to join a local transport working group and to keep diaries of their bus journeys.

Graeme Sherriff, Co-ordinator of the project, is optimistic that local people will get involved:

“People in Longsight are clear about their transport problems and what they want to see done. They want better buses and safer streets. We hope the local community will join us in working to improve the area. They can start by taking away a bus diary and keeping a record of their journeys over the next month. This is our way of keeping track of the quality and reliability of service. We are confident that our work can lead to lasting improvements.”

Councillor Roger Jones, Chairman of GMPTA, is supportive:

“This is a really interesting project that will undoubtedly set us some challenges. If we are to encourage more people to travel by bus we need to make sure that services are reliable, value for money, and safe and secure. The Passenger Transport Authority is working hard with our partners to achieve this, but we always value input from local people – who can best give us an insight into the kind of problems they face when using local transport. I would encourage local residents and businesses to get involved in this initiative and we look forward to working with Friends of the Earth, operators and Manchester City Council to improve transport in Longsight.”

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Notes to Editors

1. Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester, M12 4NE. Tel: 0161 224 1411, Fax: 0161 225 2119. Email: longsite@libraries.manchester.gov.uk.

2. Manchester Friends of the Earth is a prominent pressure group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations. Up-to-date information is available on their website: https://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk. Manchester Friends of the Earth is part of a national network of local groups, affiliated to the national organisation (further information can be found at http://www.foe.co.uk).

3. The Hamilton Road Area Community Association (HRACA) is an association for residents, businesses, organisations and people working in the Hamilton Road Area

4. Manchester Friends of the Earth were recently awarded the ‘Earth Movers’ award by national Friends of the Earth, primarily for their work on this project.

5. The methodology was developed by the consultancy Development FOCUS UK, which specialises in training local people in participatory appraisal. Contact: Dr Robert Nurick: Alexandra Villas, Brighton BN1 3RE; tel/fax: (44) 1273722336; emails: rnurick@devfocus.unet.com and vjohnson@devfocus.u-net.com.

6. https://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk/longsight