First up is Moving Manchester: Trams, planes and smart motorways covering Manchester’s big three ongoing transport infrastructure projects.
John Twigg, Director of Planning at Manchester Airports Group, expands on the airport’s development whilst Cllr Andrew Fender of Manchester City Council and Peter Cushing of Transport for Greater Manchester talk us through Metrolink’s 20-plus year history. There’s also a feature on Manchester Smart Motorways, based on an interview with its Project Director, Dave Emery.
The following week’s Theatres of Dreams: The civil engineering behind a great sporting city (19 September) covers some of the infrastructure that for some most defines the city, red or blue.
The series draws to an end with The Skills Gap and the Engineers of Tomorrow (26 September) taking a look at the skills gap and how it’s being addressed. Interviewees include representatives of ICE and the Museum of Science and Industry, local teachers and a STEM ambassador.
Commenting on the series, Darrell Matthews, ICE Regional Director said: “Manchester is a showcase of civil engineering. In historical terms this has included Britain’s first modern canal, the world’s first intercity railway and the UK’s longest aqueduct and it’s a success story that looks set to continue into the future, with smart motorways, greener sewage treatment and better public transport infrastructure. ICE is telling this fantastic story on radio, celebrating the achievements of the world’s first modern city.”
The programmes are broadcast 0900-1000am, Mondays, with recordings available later online. Tie-in articles are also scheduled in the preceding Saturday’s Manchester Evening News.
All the information, including links to the programme recordings, accompanying videos and tie-in articles can be found here.
To see a taster ahead of next Monday, our latest video Origins of Manchester Airport shows Manchester Airport Group’s Director of Planning John Twigg, talking about the early days of what was then Ringway Airport.