Sustainable Transport and Greater Manchester

This case challenges the commonly held view that local experimentation is a 'bottom-up‘ process and suggests that local experimentation can be strongly conditioned and structured by a combination of priorities of national and urban tiers of governance and limited local capacity to achieve these priorities. Local experimentation, in this view, is a response to national and urban priorities rather than locally embedded priorities. To illustrate this argument, the case focuses on different transport projects that are being mobilised in Greater Manchester in pursuing national and urban priorities, particularly the building of a suite of Greater Manchester transport projects funded by the national Local Sustainable Transport Fund and other forms of funding.

Promoting sustainable transport in Manchester
Start/end year: 
2009 to 2015
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