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Everything Andy Burnham promised as he bids for re-election as Greater Manchester Mayor

Hopper fares will be introducted on Greater Manchester’s buses if Andy Burnham is re-elected, the mayor has promised.

Launching his campaign for a third term as Greater Manchester’s top politician at Salford Lads’ Club, Mr Burnham unveiled new transport measures plus ‘three big ideas’.

One of those is the introduction of hopper fares, which means passengers can pay for a £2 single and take as many buses as they need to within an hour. The scheme, already available in London, would be available on Bee Network services from early next year.

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Mr Burnham also reaffirmed a commitment to expand the Metrolink to Heywood, Middleton, Stockport, and Bolton. That was alongside a repeat of a pledge to bring in eight commuter rail lines to the Bee Network by 2028 on a tap-in and tap-out basis.

Those lines are Wigan – Victoria, Stalybridge–Southport, Glossop–Hadfield–Piccadilly, Rose Hill–Piccadilly, Buxton–Piccadilly, Alderley Edge–Piccadilly, Rochdale stopping services, and Manchester Airport stopping services.

But Mr Burnham’s pitch to voters this year is that they should stick with him as he’s established the foundations for more good to come soon.

“We have shown that there is a better way to the Whitehall way,” he told the event. “We are fixing the fundamentals.

“The Greater Manchester way is a vision with people at its heart. Greater Manchester is leading the way and the best is yet to come.”

Central to his 2024 campaign are three ‘big ideas’. They are called Housing First, Live Well, and the Greater Manchester Baccalaureate

All three contain policies which have been announced previously. The Housing First mantra aims to ‘fix the

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