In the latest episode of our Business Matters podcast series, we speak to Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for the North Board member.

He discusses how the Manchester city region is “on the up” and has become Europe’s fastest growing digital and tech hub, with ambitions to be the UK’s leading green city region.

With the UK’s largest student population combined with the diverse talent base already in the region, Mayor Burnham believes Manchester offers huge appeal to businesses looking to recruit in the area.

But he said investment is needed to ensure the transport system is world class. He believes connectivity and integration across all modes is vital to moving away from a fragmented and unreliable service.

The recent decision to bring bus services under public control, he says, will help the move to a more integrated London-style public transport network.

We also discuss the role of Transport for the North in bringing both political and business leaders together to speak with one voice on the transport issues impacting the region.

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