Travel Choices Accreditation Scheme – Gold Award

Manchester Met has recently been awarded the Gold Travel Choices standard for its sustained commitment towards promoting sustainable travel.

In its inaugural year, the Transport for Greater Manchester accreditation scheme recognises businesses who have championed sustainable travel and rewards companies that have taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment through work based schemes and improvements.

Transport for Greater Manchester commended the University’s commitment and efforts in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, reducing congestion and improving the air quality for everyone in Greater Manchester.

Some of the University’s achievements include:

  • The reintroduction of the Cycle to work scheme where 150+ cycles have been purchased (a new window will be opening early next month), using local transport funding to increase our cycle parking capacity by 150+ spaces over the last 12 months and supporting a number of bus services to improve the accessibility of the Estate.
  • The proportion of staff driving to work (Manchester Campus) as single occupants has decreased from 31% to 26% over the last 3 years. Otherwise known as the Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) rate, the University’s target is to achieve 25% SOV rate (Manchester Campus) by 2020-21.
  • A number of loans and travel  discounts continue to be available to assist those travelling by non-car modes. The Oxford Road Bus Priority works are due to be completed at the end of this week and highlight the wider investment in improving sustainable travel options.
  • Significant investment into Ultra and Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) and infrastructure- Manchester Met now host 36 EV charging points on campus.
  • We have improved our core operational fleet and replaced aging diesel vehicles with low emission and electric vehicles.  Our Mail, Reprographics and Security teams all benefit from having ULEV’s as part of their daily driving routines.
  • All colleagues can take advantage of the Manchester Met Pool Cars for business travel- which means that staff are using low emission forms of travel for their business trips by utilising our fleet of Nissan Leaf EV Pool Cars, rather than their own personal, often less efficient vehicles.
  • Manchester Met’s ULEV investments and initiatives have been recognised by the University achieving Go Ultra Low status.
  • Our partnership work with the Corridor organisations and our neighbours in Hulme has been key in achieving the TfGM Gold Travel Choices standard.   Look out for the forthcoming Corridor Annual Cycle Event.

The University’s Estate continues to evolve, bringing new opportunities and challenges from a travel and access perspective. The Travel Team are working closely with a number of partners to help further improve the accessibility of the Estate, the support and input of colleagues is a critical part of the journey.

Please contact the Travel Team if you require any further information about your travel options or 0161 247 2989.

Andrew Taylor & Jason Smith of the Travel Team receiving Gold Award.



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