A new Twitter feed and web page are keeping residents up to date on a three-year programme of work that will help Manchester city centre flourish for years to come.
Manchester city centre is predicted to thrive over the next decade, helping the city to attract 40,000 more jobs. It will also play a major part in a projected £5.5billion increase in Manchester’s contribution to the national economy.
Between now and 2017, the city centre will see more than £1billion of investment in projects that will lay the foundations for continuing development by ‘future-proofing’ the city’s transport infrastructure.
Alongside this, several major regeneration projects will change the face of the city centre. Together, these projects add up to a wave of investment equivalent to the period after the bombing in 1996.
Transport projects under the Grow umbrella include:
- Metrolink’s Second City Crossing
- The Northern Hub
- Cross City Bus Corridor
- The redevelopment of Victoria Station.
Major development projects include:
- First Street
- The regeneration of St Peter’s Square and the Civic Quarter.
These projects will strengthen Manchester’s position as a major European city.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:
"Manchester is Britain’s fastest-growing city and a place with a real sense of ambition and momentum. City centre growth means more investment, more jobs and more opportunities, and to enable and encourage this growth we need the right infrastructure."
Cllr Joan Davies, who sits on the council's economy scrutiny committee, said:
"If you take a look around the city centre now, you’ll see a huge amount of work already underway, with more to come over the next three years. We recognise that this will inevitably cause some inconvenience in the short term. Some journeys into and out of the city centre may take slightly longer and some parts might not look their best while pavements are dug up.
"However, the ongoing benefits of this co-ordinated work will far outweigh any short term frustrations and we would ask people to bear with us. Most cities would give their right arm for the sort of investment they represent. The work is a visible sign of a thriving Manchester which remains very much open for business while the work is being carried out."
Cllr Beth Knowles added:
"People will understandably ask why all this work is going on at the same time. The answer is that we need to plan to ensure the city centre is ready for a growing business base and population rather than react when it is too late. The funding for the various private and public projects is there now and we need to act now to lay the foundations for future success."