Organisations that have taken impressive steps to support sustainable travel have been recognised in Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)’s inaugural Travel Choices Celebration event.
A total of 14 companies and organisations picked up bronze, silver or gold awards at the presentation at TfGM’s head office in Manchester city centre on 27 April.
The event was both a celebration of the great work carried out by businesses and the success of TfGM’s Travel Choices service, which was set up four years ago.
Any Greater Manchester business can join the Travel Choices Network and take advantage of free support, including grants of up to £10,000. There are now more than 600 companies signed up in total.
Those that achieved the gold award included intu Trafford Centre, JD Williams, the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and both Manchester universities.
Each organisation has taken significant steps to encourage sustainable travel amongst its employees.
For example, the University of Manchester has helped staff to cycle or run to work by increasing the provision of cycle parking spaces, shelters and repair stands, and establishing a ‘run-commute’ group.
It has also introduced flexible parking permits to encourage more occasional parking and installed 12 electric vehicle bays on campus.
Meanwhile, online shopping company JD Williams implemented a free car-sharing service for staff as part of “ambitious targets to reduce the pressure on parking, as well as reducing CO2 emissions across the business”.
Making a difference
Julian Ashworth, travel choices manager, said: “Four years ago, when we launched, we didn't know for certain how successful the Travel Choices service would be.
“Thanks to the enthusiasm of companies across our patch, we now have hundreds of members signed up to our network, making a real difference to the environment and the efficiency of their business.”