Campaign for Better Transport
Campaign for Better Transport is the independent national body concerned with sustainable transport. It looks for answers to transport problems and aims to reduce the environmental and social impact of transport by encouraging less use of cars and more use of walking, cycling and public transport.
Car Free.com
Website linked to the book of the same name looking at ways of reducing car use within cities and urban areas. It offers both practical and some ingenious and radical solutions to the many problems caused by the overuse of the private car.
Clear Zones
Clear Zones aim to reduce pollution and traffic in towns and enhance manufacturing and export opportunities by developing relevant technology and techniques through partnerships between cities, industry, academia and Government.
Climate Change Pledge
Manchester is my Planet - Tackling Climate Change
Commission for Integrated Transport
The Commission for Integrated Transport's role in the Transport White Paper is defined as 'to provide independent advice to Government on the implementation of integrated transport policy, to monitor developments across transport, environment, health and other sectors and to review progress towards meeting our objectives'. The White Paper identified the following roles for the commission:
  • Reviewing and monitoring progress towards objectives and targets laid out in the White Paper;
  • Continuing and refreshing the transport policy debate;
  • Fostering consensus among practical providers;
  • Identifying and disseminating examples of best practice from home and abroad;
  • Advising on developments in Europe, including relevant EU initiatives;
  • Advising on the role of existing and emerging technologies
CTC - National Cycling Organisation
CTC is the national body campaigning for cyclists? rights, facilities, routes and representation in local and national government, as well as other bodies. The body acts for all types of cyclists, from commuters, mountain bikers, families, leisure and long distance riders.
Cycling in Greater Manchester
A source for all your cycling needs in Greater Manchester.
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Transport
The department responsible for national government policy for all forms of transportation. The site contains various policy and consultation documents relating to the environment and transport.
Earth Summit
An independent site that aims to get the non-specialist involved by providing over 600 links to biodiversity, sustainable development, and the World/Earth Summit. Although not transport-orientated, it offers a gateway to a huge amount of background information.
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
A voluntary initiative designed to improve companies' environmental performance. Its aim is to recognise and reward those organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance. It is a requirement of the scheme regularly to produce a public environmental statement that reports on an organisations environmental performance.
Energy Saving Trust
Funded mainly by central Government to deliver the sustainable and efficient use of energy. Priorities include creating a market for clean fuel vehicles (including public transport) by offering grants. GMPTE currently receives over £1 million a year from EST to help fit particulate traps to buses and to trial new technology.
Environmental Transport Association
Campaigning for a sound and sustainable transport system. It is an environmental alternative to other motoring organisations, offering a range of services including breakdown cover and insurance.
First Group
One of the major bus and train operators, this site contains their environmental mission statement and aims for their operations throughout the UK. It also outlines how they intend to further improve their environmental performance with a range of measures including new fleet investment, commitment to reduction of atmospheric emissions and improving monitoring targets.
Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Leading UK membership organisation dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development and to the professional development of individuals involved in environmental management and assessment.
Light Rail Transit Association
Although the LRTA is an enthusiastic lobbying organisation for light rail, this professional site contains a significant amount of environmental information.
International network of Light Rail Cities
The environmental mission statement from the Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive. It outlines the PTE's strategy for implementing and monitoring its environmental practices and policies.

National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory
UK's National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI). The NAEI is funded by DEFRA. The NAEI compiles estimates of emissions to the atmosphere from UK sources including public transport. These emissions are estimated to help to find ways of reducing the impact of human activities on the environment and our health.
National Express Group
The environmental report from the largest operator of trains and long distance coaches in the UK. It outlines how their operations have come to incorporate environmentally friendly features and reports on this years progress, future plans, aims and objectives.
Passenger Transport Executive Group
In 2008, PTEG commissioned independent consultants AEA to gather information on climate change emissions for journeys made in different ways in urban areas outside London, including Greater Manchester. PTEG represents the six English Passenger Transport Executives (with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Transport for London as associate members). A summary or copy of the full report is available by clicking on the links below.
Sustainable Development Commission
The commissions' main role is to advocate sustainable development across all sectors in the UK, review progress towards it and build consensus on the actions needed if further progress is to be achieved.
Sustainable Development - The Governments's Approach
Government website devoted to reporting the progress of the UK as a whole in achieving a more sustainable level of development.
The sustainable transport charity - it works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and its adverse effects.
Transport Energy
Run by the Energy Saving Trust, Transport Energy delivers innovative solutions, programmes and information in a campaign to reduce the damaging effects of transport on the environment and seeks to promote sustainable mobility.
Transport Planning Society
The Transport Planning Society seeks to facilitate, develop and promote knowledge, understanding and best practice in transport planning. It acts as a body to bring together and represent professionals within the planning field.
Travel Plans
Travel Plans are the most economical, efficient and socially responsible way to solve your company's transport problems.

International Association of Public Transport

The urban walking route planner