Supporting the Scheme to promote clear industry standards and best practice – Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) became a valued Scheme Supporter in July 2016, pledging to work closely with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to improve the image of the industry.

The Scheme Supporters initiative was established by the CCS to formalise the relationships the Scheme has with other construction industry bodies.This enables the Scheme to work closely with these organisations and promote best practice across the construction industry, extending its positive influence.

Scheme Supporters understand and value the impact that the Scheme has on UK construction and would encourage all those working in partnership and within the sector to support this valuable initiative.

Transport policies that affect the ten districts of Greater Manchester are set by the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.

TfGM is the delivery arm for the elected body, responsible for investing the allocated money into improving transport services and facilities, supporting the largest regional economy outside London.

It is TfGM’s job to promote the choices the public has in making journeys – from public transport to walking and cycling – providing travellers with the relevant information and facilities they need.

Industry Image asked TfGM’s Head of Logistics and Environment, Helen Smith, a few questions about the organisation’s partnership with the Considerate Constructors Scheme:

Please tell us a bit more about your organisation and its work.

Transport for Greater Manchester is responsible for implementing the local transport policies that are set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee. TfGM operates across all 10 districts of Greater Manchester and is part of the Combined Authority.

Transport for Greater Manchester is the delivery arm for the elected body, responsible for investing money in improving transport services and facilities, supporting the largest regional economy outside London.

This includes a management and co-ordination role for activities on the highways and a lead role on air quality, carbon reduction and freight and logistics activities.

What do you hope to gain from your role as a Scheme Supporter?

We recognise the important role which the CCS plays in creating a strong industry standard and promoting the implementation of best practices.

TfGM wishes to maintain the highest possible standards of safety on all of our sites but also to work with and encourage other clients/operators to improve safety on our road networks and to protect our environment.

We hope to work with CCS and the construction industry to identify, develop and encourage the uptake of innovative practices which can reduce and manage residual work-related road risk.

How will you be promoting membership of the Scheme to your members?

TfGM promotes membership of the scheme through our procurement processes.

Do you feel the Scheme is improving the image of the industry?

Yes.  The Scheme has a high level of recognition from individuals and organisations outside of this industry.  The CCS logo gives people a level of confidence in site operations and is recognised as a sign of good practice, particularly in relation to safety.