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TfGM encouraging public transport use with new journey planner

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Easing congestion and encouraging the use of public transport are the aims of new partnership formed between Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider Skedgo.

The partnership sees TfGM incorporate SkedGo’s journey planner onto its website, offering commuters mobility options in Greater Manchester, including buses, trains and trams.

Users will be able to see the Co2 output for each trip and be able to prioritise journeys based on low carbon emissions, time taken, convenience and cost, said SkedGo.

John Nuutinen, chief executive officer at SkedGo, said: “MaaS technology is a fundamental tool to reduce air pollution. Our journey planner provides authorities and local governments with the data needed to make greener and sustainable travel a realistic goal.

“MaaS technology has proven its success already and we’re looking forward to supporting TfGM on its sustainability objectives.”

SkedGo’s contract with TfGM follows its ongoing work with Leicester City Council, promoting active travel as part of the Choose How You Move initiative.

Nuutinen added: “Manchester’s population is expected to hit 627,000 by 20253 with 100,000 people choosing to live in the city centre.

“We believe our journey planning technology can encourage the use of public transport and increase cycling and walking, to ensure our UK cities become healthier, greener and more productive.”

More than 5.6 million journeys are made across Greater Manchester’s transport network each day and congestion is estimated to cost Greater Manchester £1.3 billion a year. SkedGo’s contract with TfGM follows its ongoing work with Leicester City Council, promoting active travel as part of the Choose How You Move initiative.

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