LAZY FRIDAY: LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME THIS CHRISTMAS

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions – are urging people to leave their cars at home this Christmas and instead use Public Transport.

GMPTE have printed 50 000 copies of a leaflet detailing times of trams, buses and trains, during the Christmas period.

Their plan is to have buses and trains running later in the evenings to help people get home safely both bodily and environmentally.

GMPTE and their Partners including the general public believe that by respecting the environment they can do their part in saving the planet – however small. They first started their environmental work in 1994. The Metrolink was being extended, but prior to the go ahead the Metrolink system was subjected to environmental testing.

Since 2000 GMPTE’s mainstream environmental agenda has been making progress. Major initiatives have included:

• Promotion of the environmental advantages of public transport
• Developing an Environmental Policy
• Ensuring that environmental issues are considered in all activities of GMPTE that included Scheme Development
• They also included participating fully in the production of Greater Manchester Air Quality Action Plan
• Various initiatives in operation with partnerships to reduce pollution from buses.
• GMPTE in-house environment initiatives including a Green Travel Plan waste minimisation and staff awareness and training.

As GMPTE are doing their bit to care for the environment – it is now up to the public to leave their cars at home over the Christmas period, so doing their bit.

Eva

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