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Greater Manchester set for Bee Network expansion and underground travel

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Greater Manchester is undergoing a ‘transport revolution’, with mayor Andy Burnham announcing a major Bee Network expansion – including a future underground network by 2050.

There are plans to bring eight existing railway lines in the region under local control by 2028; expand the Metrolink; and create a London-style transport system with fully contactless tap in and tap out payments.

Railway lines to be brought under local control include Wigan via Bolton; Wigan via Atherton; Wigan via Golborne; the Airport; Alderley Edge and Buxton via Stockport; Glossop; Hadfield and Rose Hill Marple via Guide Bridge; Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge; and Rochdale.

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Bringing the lines under local control will help to bring ‘customer-facing improvements’ to the railways and increase the number of people who use them.

By January, bus franchising in Greater Manchester will be completed in every boroughs, with cheaper fares for seven-day and 28-day passes and the planned introduction of a years pass which residents can pay off weekly.

A new ‘hopper fare’ – allowing people to use as many Bee Network buses as they need to for one hour, without extra charge – will also be introduced.

Mr Burnham said the region is in the middle of a transport “revolution”

That will be capped at £2 for adults and £1 for children and concessions – the same price as existing single tickets.

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