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Manchester Commuter Challenge

The race is on – in a test that will hope to outdo the Jeremy Clarkson in a Ferrari versus Richard Hammond and James May in various other modes of transport racing across Europe, we are planning our very own ‘Top Gear’ challenge. Five commuters will each take a mode of transport during the morning rush hour on Wednesday 19th October to establish which one will get to Manchester first. A cyclist, a car driver a bus user, motorcyclist and a train/147 shuttle bus user will set off simultaneously from Hazel Grove at 8.00 am with the aim of finding the most efficient way of getting to work, based upon the time taken to reach The University of Manchester, the cost of getting there and the effects on the environment. Ian Goodwin, Higher Education Precinct Travel Co-ordinator, said: “This is a great opportunity to promote the various forms of transport and hopefully will make people think about their journey into work. “Between our organisations we have approximately 90,000 staff and students travelling to and from our buildings, not to mention the hundreds of patients and visitors who visit the hospitals each day. It is obviously important, therefore, that we try to encourage the use of various forms of transport. ”