At last Friday’s Combined Authority meeting, it was agreed that the ten Greater Manchester Authorities would start to work up a bid for Greater Manchester for the 2025 World Expo.
GMCA preparatory work has identified the possible use of the large Ashton Moss strategic site in Tameside (which covers parts of Audenshaw, Droylsden and Ashton and has direct tram and motorway access) for the hosting of the main Expo buildings.
The World Expo is an international event that takes place every two years, it is a six month event and has been known to attract 20 million plus visitors, not only will it be a strong tourist attraction, the legacy for Greater Manchester will be in excess of £1 billion and a massive boost to the economy in jobs, investments and land values.
The first stage is to make a bid to Government to be the UK representative and the articles regarding that should start soon.
Responding to the decision of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to submit a bid for the World Expo in 2025, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am fully supporting Manchester’s bid to host World Expo 2025.
“If successful, it will be a huge regeneration boost for my constituency, which part of the proposed Ashton Moss site covers, with benefits felt across Tameside and the wider Greater Manchester area.
“Expo is also great chance to highlight the best of Britain to the world, and the best of the world to Britain, and the event is long overdue to come back to the UK.
“We last hosted the event in 1907 in Dublin (when all of Ireland was in the UK) and before that, in London in 1862 and in 1851 (The Great Exhibition)… So where better to host the 2025 Expo but here in the world’s first industrial city: the home of the first passenger railway, where the atom was first split, the first programmable computer built and where graphene was invented.
“The bid has my full support.”