TfGM Green Facts

We’re going zero-carbon

TfGM has just developed a draft carbon strategy, which has a target to become carbon neutral by 2033 – building on the success of already reducing carbon emissions by 19% in the last three years.
Metrolink runs on biomass
Over 26 million passenger journeys are made on our tram system – Metrolink – every year. Metrolink was the first light rail network in the UK to be powered by green energy – hydroelectricity generated by water. Metrolink now runs on 100% renewable energy generated by biomass.
Greater Manchester is a green bus giant
Greater Manchester will soon have 280 ‘green’ hybrid-electric buses – that’s more low carbon buses than anywhere in the UK outside London. We’re also getting three fully electric buses, thought to be the first of their kind in Greater Manchester.
Walking and cycling
TfGM has secured £32.5m from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to deliver a total investment of £52m to increase cycling and walking and deliver smart ticketing. Cycling has increased by 17% in Greater Manchester since 2005.
All our traffic lights turn green
We’re replacing all 2,200 traffic signal heads in Greater Manchester with LEDs, making energy savings of around 42% by 2015. LED signals have already reduced our traffic signal energy use by 27% in two years.
Electric vehicles
Greater Manchester will soon have a new electric vehicle charging point network and pay as you go programme. Charge points are being installed at key locations across all ten districts, in a scheme operated by Charge Your Car (CYC) a leader in EV charging networks.
Rochdale Interchange will run on water
Rochdale’s new interchange will be the first transport hub in Europe to be powered by hydroelectricity when it opens later this year. Water from the River Roch will turn a screw-shaped turbine to generate up to 86,000kWh per annum of electricity every year – reducing the carbon footprint by over a quarter.
Horwich Parkway is run on wind
Horwich Parkway is the first railway station in Greater Manchester to be powered by wind. The Gaia 11kW wind turbine can generate 20,000kWh of electricity every year – around half of the electricity needed to power the station, dramatically reducing its carbon footprint.
Our Yellow school buses are green
39 of our fleet of 81 Yellow School Buses are hybrid-electric vehicles, which can make a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a similar-sized standard diesel Euro 3 vehicle. We are also investing £680,000 to upgrade some of our older diesel buses with air pollution control equipment.
We’re energy efficient
TfGM is energy efficient – all our bus stations and offices are supplied by energy generated by fuel efficient ‘Combined Heat and Power’. We have ISO14001 accreditation – the dominant international environmental management system standard. TfGM’s energy use in buildings and bus shelters has reduced by over 10% in the past 3 years, through delivering energy saving schemes such as LED lighting and voltage optimisation
Guiding our buses
TfGM is creating or enhancing over 25 miles of bus network as part of its bus priority package. This includes the first guided busway in Greater Manchester as part of a route linking Leigh, Salford and Manchester. The 4.5mile guided busway will be complemented by a path which can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.