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Travel choices for business

TfGM is working with businesses, transport operators, local councils, and others to make travelling to and from work as safe as possible.

To help keep your employees safe during this time we’re advising businesses to:

  • consider how best to make sure your employees can work and travel safely – either working from home or in a COVID-secure workplace;
  • stagger shift times where possible;
  • encourage employees to walk or cycle to work; and
  • ask staff using public transport to plan their journeys and check their transport is running, particularly for the trip home if it's late in the evening.

Businesses should support their staff to travel in the safest way, by understanding their journeys, providing information and providing facilities at work where possible:

  1. Encourage your employees to walk or cycle to work where they can, there is lots of advice on tfgm.com/coronavirus/cycling-walking

  2. Help your employees to get home safely at night, remember some public transport services are operating reduced services and frequencies. Ask them to plan how they will travel, check their transport is running, particularly for the way home, book ahead if needed, and encourage them not to travel alone if possible -- check tfgm.com/coronavirus for further information.

  3. Ask if they can use taxis or private hire vehicles as a convenient alternative at night. Check tfgm.com/coronavirus/roads for more information on the safety measures taxi and private hire vehicles are implementing.

  4. If your employees are using public transport they must:

    • wear a face covering, unless they are exempt

    • keep their distance from others

    • clean their hands frequently

    • use contactless payment

    • Check whether their service is running especially in the evening.


For regular updates and to access additional support, join the Business Travel Network

  • One-to-one advice from an expert advisor
  • Staff travel survey and analysis service
  • Support in developing a staff travel action plan

Cycling and Walking

Cycling and walking to their workplace is the best way to protect staff from the coronavirus.  Our TfGM's main cycling and walking page has information to share with your staff.

Getting a bike

TFGM access to bikes -- you can find out more in our frequently updated hub including cycle shops and refurbished bikes

Cycling Safely

Where to get training

TfGM offer FREE 1-2-1 and family training courses for anyone wanting to build their confidence

Where to park your bike

TfGM have a number of secure Cycle Hubs across Greater Manchester.  There could be one closer than you think.

Route finding

TfGM have many regularly updated maps covering the whole of Greater Manchester, which can help those cycling find the best route for them


Travelling outside of peak hours

Travelling at times when there are fewer people on the transport network (cycle network, public transport, road network) means less chance of catching the coronavirus.

Business should stagger employees' start and finish times so that they can travel outside of peak hours where possible.

The advice and guidance below can help your business:

  • TfGM's Working Differently campaign was created to help businesses implement flexible working practices.

  • The Growth Company has created a guide to support remote working.

  • Acas has advice for businesses on flexible working.

  • GM Moving's tips for employees on health and wellbeing while working from home.

  • Check your travel options on the Safely Reopening GM webpage and find out when the best times are to travel to certain destinations including:

    • Manchester City Centre

    • The Trafford Centre

    • As well as; Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Wigan, Stockport, Ashton-under-Lyne and Altrincham.


For businesses accessed by Metrolink, we have introduced a flexible ticket option called Clipper, making it cheaper to catch the tram outside of peak hours

You can find the quietest times to travel on Metrolink on our Metrolink page.

For early birds, Metrolink passengers can also use the contactless early bird bonus to save money when travelling before 7am on weekdays.


Driving

Driving on your own, or with a member of your family/bubble, is a way for people to remain socially distant however, there are few things to be aware of:

  • There are likely to be greater numbers of less-experienced cyclists and pedestrians on routes

  • Avoiding peak travel hours can reduce your journey times

  • Road layouts may be different due to temporary cycle lanes

  • Roads may be busier at different times of day than usual

If you/your employees have to car share with people outside their family or bubble a range of measures are recommended to keep you safe:

Government guidence for passengers


Things to do

  1. Make sure your employees and staff get the advice they need by asking them to sign-up to our regular updates

    Follow social media for up-to-the-minute news and share with staff Twitter: @OfficialTfGM Facebook: TransportForGreaterManchester.

  2. Join TfGM's Business Travel Network for extra support

  3. Set up intranet pages, staff emails or visuals at your place of work alerting them to travel updates

  4. Check in with TfGM's safe travel webpages frequently

  5. Visit togethergm.org for more information on how to help keep you and your employees safe.


Long-term benefits

Businesses and organisations which promote sustainable travel now can enjoy longer term benefits.

These can include financial savings; through reduced parking and money spent on business travel, as well as improved business efficiency and resilience.

Bruntwood are opening 7 new cycle hubs for staff and visitors to enable more sustainable journeys to locations in Greater Manchester.


"We are committed to helping Manchester return safely to the vibrant, buzzy place that it was just before the lockdown and key to this is supporting our customers and colleagues to get to their workplaces. From our many conversations we know that safe travel is a major consideration for most businesses. We are particularly keen to support people to walk and cycle to work where this is possible. Not simply because of the current Covid issues but because of the related benefits - personal and city wide - to health and wellbeing and air quality. Bruntwood has refreshed the support our teams can access, including Cycle to Work benefits, wellbeing libraries offering advice for new cyclists and route planners for walking into work and we are making improvements to facilities in our buildings for our colleagues and customers. Throughout the summer we'll be rolling out cycle hubs across the city for everyone to access, including bike puncture repair kits, Bike Dr drop in sessions, and other assistance."

Jessica Bowles, Director of Strategy, Bruntwood


Encouraging cycling and walking can help your staff become fitter, healthier and more motivated. Regular cyclists, on average, take one sick day per annum less than non-cyclists and research has shown those who don't drive have lower levels of stress.

Promoting sustainable travel is also a good opportunity to contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental agendas. Reducing single car occupancy can help to reduce parking problems or congestion in the local area and improve air quality. It can also help you with your environmental certification such as ISO14001.

Through the TfGM Business Travel Network we encourage and support organisations that promote sustainable travel modes to employees, such as walking, cycling, public transport, flexible working and car sharing.

Read our case studies to find out how businesses in Greater Manchester have benefited.