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Date:- 16 April 2007

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Driving the debate on North West road congestion

TRANSPORT links and traffic congestion between the North West’s 2 major cities – Manchester and Liverpool – is to be debated at a major conference.  Transport specialists and business leaders will join forces to debate the fact that only 19% of the 35,000 plus commuters facing a daily trip between the 2 cities are opting for public transport.  Instead, many workers are opting to use their cars on major arterial routes such as the M62 and A580.

Hosted by the Salford Travel Partnership in conjunction with Merseytravel and Greater Manchester PTE, the conference is called “Manchester to Merseyside - the sustainable way”.  Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, and Alan Stilwell, Merseytravel’s Director of Operations, will speak at the event, alongside a number of other high profile speakers from the transport sector including senior representatives from Northern Rail, Arriva Buses North West & Wales, National Express and the Highways Agency.

Cllr Dowd said:- “We hope this conference will highlight the need to do something about congestion and promote the benefits of using public transport to travel between the cities. We are making investments where we can, such as Liverpool South Parkway and the new deal we have made to secure an extra 250,000 seats on the City Line into Manchester every year. We need to encourage more commuters to move from their cars to public transport.  With 35,000 every day doing the daily commute between both cities we’re taking about more than 7 million journeys every year. If we can mobilise a percentage of these trips to public transport it will help to ease the pressures of more cars on our roads, support the promotion of a stronger economy in our region and minimise the environmental impact of congestion.  The challenges we all face are very real.”

During the event, companies will have the opportunity to talk about staff travel problems, how to encourage greener methods of travel, such as car sharing, and increasing the uptake of public transport.  The event will be chaired by Colin Sykes, BBC transport and environment correspondent.

For more details about the event – or to attend the event – please contact Chris Rice at the Salford Travel Partnership on 0161 295 2458 or email  Ticket numbers are limited so will be distributed on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis.


FOR motorists concerned about their carbon footprint, simply choosing the other nozzle at the pump could be the easiest way to reduce the environmental impact of their driving.  Advanced performance fuels, such as BP Ultimate, offer diesel and unleaded car drivers a range of green benefits including better fuel economy and fewer emissions.

Allyson Hunter, Branded Fuels Market Specialist for BP commented:- “Premium fuels such as BP Ultimate Unleaded and Diesel are becoming increasingly popular with motorists who want to do their bit for the environment. And the bonus is that their engines also perform more efficiently compared to ordinary fuels.”

Carbon is a natural result of the combustion process in an engine. With ordinary fuel carbon deposits can form on key components, such as engine valves, gradually reducing the engine’s efficiency. The advanced cleaning components of BP Ultimate Unleaded clean away an average of 75% of existing deposits and also help prevent new deposits from forming.  Greener driving starts with better fuel economy. BP Ultimate Unleaded can offer up to 28 more miles per tank (Tested against ordinary fuels. Average benefit of 13 miles per tank. Also available in diesel), and BP Ultimate Diesel up to 22 more miles per tank (Tested against ordinary fuels. Average benefit of 8 miles per tank. Also available in unleaded).

But as well as increasing economy, BP Ultimate produces fewer harmful emissions than ordinary fuels. BP Ultimate Unleaded produces less: carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. BP Ultimate Diesel can also reduce visible smoke, compared to ordinary fuel.


In the same family as BP Ultimate Unleaded and Diesel is the new BP Ultimate 102 unleaded – the most technically advanced fuel ever sold from a UK forecourt. What’s more 102 has even more green features than ordinary fuel - including a high performance 'bio-component' which works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Motorists can go one step further to reduce their carbon footprint by offsetting their car’s carbon emissions through, with an average cost of around £20 a year.

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