Use of Cookies

This Cookie Notice explains how Transport for Greater Manchester (‘Transport for Greater Manchester’, ‘we’, ‘our’ or ‘us’) uses cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit our website at (the ‘Website’). It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a simple and small file that is stored on your device, for example to offer the basic functionality of the website, to remember your settings and preferences and for statistical purposes. Different types of cookies exist, depending on their features and functions, and they might be stored on the users’ devices for different timeframes: session cookies are cancelled at the end of each browsing session; persistent cookies may last up to a certain date that has been pre-set by their owner. Besides cookies, there are other digital techniques to store information or to gain access to information stored on your terminal equipment. We will treat these techniques as if they were cookies and if we mention cookies in our Privacy Notice, we also refer to these techniques.

What is the difference between first party and third party cookies?

We differentiate first party cookies and third party cookies. The word “party” refers to the domain as specified in cookie: the website that is placing the cookie. First party cookies are managed by Transport for Greater Manchester itself or used on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester and refer to Transport for Greater Manchester’s domain. Third party cookies are placed by third parties and refer to their domain name.

Why do we use cookies?

We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Website to operate and we refer to these as “necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track our users to enhance the experience on our Website.

What specific cookies are used on the Website?

Here is a list of the cookies used on the Website:

Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain.

Google test_cookie
Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

Preserves user session state across page requests.

Vimeo player
Saves the user’s preferences when playing embedded videos from Vimeo.

Vimeo sync_active
Contains data on visitor’s video-content preferences – This allows the website to remember parameters such as preferred volume or video quality. The service is provided by

Vimeo Akamai aka_debug
Used by Vimeo to track usage of their embedded video player.

_ga, _gid, _gat, collect_ These are analytical cookies set and used by Google Analytics to provide statistical reports about visitors on the Website.

Vimeo vuid
Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.

fr, tr, _fbp
Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.

Used by Facebook which collects data on the visitor’s use of the comment system on the website, and what blogs/articles the visitor has read. This can be used for marketing purposes.

pagead/landing [x2]
Used by Google to collect data on visitor behaviour from multiple websites, in order to present more relevant advertisement – This also allows the website to limit the number of times that they are shown the same advertisement.

Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.

Used by the website to register view count figures on video plays.

Used by the website to record individual answers to the TfGM online road traffic quiz.

Please note that Transport for Greater Manchester may be required under local law to obtain consent from you for the use of some of the cookie technologies. If so, we will ask you to consent with the placement of the cookies when you enter the Website. If you do not consent with the placement of the cookie, we will not place the cookie. However, in that case we are not able to personalise the content on our Website. If you have consented with the use of cookies, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

When functional or analytical cookies are rejected, Transport for Greater Manchester will not be aware of its Website performance and content quality and Transport for Greater Manchester is not able to improve the user experience of the Website.

What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?

Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our Website. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our Website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our Website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.

Do you serve targeted advertising?

Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Website. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these.

How can I control cookies?

More information with regard to withdrawal or modification or your consent, activation, deactivation and deletion of cookies can be found in the instructions via the help-functionality of your web browser. Please note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, the Website might not work properly and some services or some of the Website’s functionalities may not be available or work smoothly, and you could be required to modify or manually fill in some information or preferences each time you visit the Website.

How often will you update this Cookie Notice?

We may update this Cookie Notice from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Notice regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date below this Cookie Notice indicates when it was last updated.

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of cookies or other technologies, please email us via this contact form.

Last updated: 9th September 2021