Green travel plan

The Trust as an organisation is committed to sustainable development and has been recognised by Transportation for Greater Manchester’s accreditation scheme as a regional leader in reducing their impact on the environment. 

The Trust Green Travel Plan achieved Gold Standard in April 2017.  

The Trust was awarded gold standard based upon the length of time the Trust has been taking action and how comprehensive the travel plan continues to be.   

Will Blair, Strategic travel management officer at The Christie, receiving the award from John Fryer, Safer Travel & Demand Management Manager. Click here to read the official award letter. 

The gold standard award was an acknowledgment that the Trust was demonstrating:  

  • Energy and commitment in helping reduce congestion
  • Improve the air quality for everyone in Greater Manchester.
  • Enhancing the health and wellbeing of staff.
  • Sharing best practice and success stories with wider business community
  • Actively participating in sustainable travel workshops and steering groups
  • A regional leader in reducing their impact on the environment. 

The new modal shift target is to aim high with the following targets for staff using sustainable travel:

  • Short term (2019) -   48%
  • Medium term (2024) - 52%
  • Long term (2030) - 60% 

Milestones achieved

  • June 2014 – SPF approved with new GTP target of 60% by 2030
  • July 2014 - £245k set aside for new shower / changing facilities
  • October 2014 – GTP communication & marketing strategy developed and in place.
  • October 2014 – Personal travel planning is available to all staff for the foreseeable future through Transport for Greater Manchester.
  • November 2014 - Business case baseline assessments reviewed and amended to include sustainable travel elements.
  • June 2015 – Free Park & ride pilot commences operation from Broughton Park F.C., Hough End
  • June 2015 – 6 new showers and a dry room completed and opened
  • June 2015 - Opening of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).
  • August 2015 –MCRC new cycling facilities opened: 20 space compound, 6 showers, drying facilities and 180 lockers
  • September 2015 – Local parking restrictions came into force (S106 agreement as part of the application 097417/FO/2011/S1 for the development of the MCRC).
  • February 2016 – Sustainable travel target for 2015 (40%) exceeded at 43.74%.
  • April 2016 – Business case approved to build cycle hub one directly linked to Wilmslow cycleway.
  • June 2016 – Parking eligibility review process commences on permit holders/ waiting list.
  • June 2016 – Tiered car park proposal presentation delivered to neighbourhood forum
  • July 2016 - Park and ride opens at Christie Fields, operating Monday – Friday between 06:00-22:00 (planning application 110657/FO/2015/S1).
  • July 2016 – Electric car charge point installed in the staff car park.
  • July 2016 – First phase of cycle hub one opens – 40 space compound.
  • December 2016 – Cycle hub one shower and changing complex opens - includes 5 showers and 38 lockers.
  • December 2016 – Additional shower and 22 lockers added to Cycle Hub 2 shower complex. Total at cycle hub 2 now stands at 7 showers and 28 lockers.
  • March 2017 – The Trust awarded Transport for Greater Manchester Gold standard Travel choices accreditation to celebrate the success of organisations that are considered regional leaders in sustainable travel.
  • March 2017 – Six members of staff receive Transport for Greater Manchester Travel Champion training.

Key actions planned for 2017/2018

Internal actions:

  • Review and update the Green travel plan actions –e.g. monthly free bicycle servicing, cyclist breakfast and walking tool kit.
  • Complete accessibility (post code) analysis to establish potential modal split.
  • Once funding agreed, progress with projects set out in modal shift risk assessment and business case.
  • Large scale campaign as part of a reviewed and updated communication & marketing strategy.
  • Additional secure cycle compound to be installed off Wilmslow Road Cycleway
  • Additional secure compound to be installed off Palatine Road – once funding agreed.
  • Greater Manchester Travelcards Limited to hold a promotion stall to market new SystemOne corporate offer.
  • Monthly stall to promote sustainable travel.
  • Monthly free bicycle maintenance sessions to take place onsite.
  • Monthly cyclist breakfast – reward cyclist with a voucher for free drink and cereal bar.
  • Develop an internal pool bike/hire bike scheme as part of modal shift risk assessment and business case.
  • Develop a walking toolkit to launch monthly lunchtime walks.


Click here to view our Green Travel Plan.