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The Fallowfield Loopline

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the 21st Century relevance of 19th Century urban infrastructure.

Humber Bridge by Angie

Essay: Spanning our expectations; the work of building bridges

In this essay, Phil Griffin takes a journey from Hull to Salford and uncovers the aesthetic, symbolic and very real opportunities that a humble (and not-so-humble) bridge can create.

Tonkin Liu to bridge the Irwell

As the winning design for a new Salford footbridge is announced, Phil Griffin considers what bridging the Irwell could mean for the city.

Outlook for 2014 from the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub Image

Outlook for 2014 from the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub

Mark Atherton is the Director of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub and in this piece for Platform outlines their plans, and hopes, for the year ahead.

Victoria Station in Manchester - wall mural

Looking East, looking West: beyond HS2

Baron Frankal on the possibility of high speed rail 'beyond HS2' and the economic impact of better connecting together our great Northern cities.

Taking a longing look at London

We need a shift in policy, investment and attitude if we're to level the playing field for cities like Manchester, argues Baron Frankal.

Is Manchester really a Smart City? Discuss.

Chair of Downtown Manchester in Business, Michael Taylor, introduces the latest in a series of critical debates that celebrate and stimulate Manchester's intellectual heritage.

Barton road Corn Mill & Aqueduct & lock on River Irwell from Chetham Library's 1773 Mullineux Collection

Bringing life back to the Irwell

The river makes the city: Mark Hillsdon reports on the continued transformation of the River Irwell and the development plans that run along its course.

Liz Newell speeds by the Brompton Dock at Piccadilly

City infrastructure and the great bicycle economy

With a further £20m to spend on cycling infrastructure, courtesy of its successful Vélocity funding bid, Greater Manchester is working hard to become a cycle-friendly city region, but what will be the economic impact?

Vélocity victory: £20 million to support cycling in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester has been awarded £20 million from the Government’s ‘Cycle City Ambition Grant’ to help kick-start a campaign to encourage people to take up cycling.

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