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Manchester Commuter Challenge - Update

The race is over to find the fastest and most cost effective way to commute to work! A cyclist, a car driver a bus user, a motorcyclist and a train/147 Oxford Road Link shuttle bus user took up the challenge on Wednesday 19th October 2005. Setting off simultaneously from Hazel Grove at 8.00 am the first of the five commuters to arrive at the University of Manchester Visitor centre was (drum roll please)…The Motorcycle; taking 32 minutes to make it past the finishing line and costing £3.00. In second place was the cycle taking 45 minutes and costing 27 pence. The Train and 147 shuttle bus user arrived in third place, taking 50 minutes and costing £2.25 a day*. The bus took 1 hour and 4 minutes and cost 82 pence per day*. The car eventually crossed the line is last place with a time of 1 hour and 11 minutes and with a cost of £5.04 per day. In terms of environmental pollution the cyclist proved most efficient with no emissions with the train second with 49g per passenger Km of carbon dioxide emissions and the car and the motorcycle coming joint last. Ian Goodwin, Higher Education Precinct Travel Co-ordinator, said: “This was a great way to promote the various forms of transport and hopefully will make people think about their journey into work. The car driver found the journey most stressful and all the public transport services ran to time with little or no delays”