Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Don't Pay to Park at Work - Get on Your Bike

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Don't Pay to Park at Work - Get on Your Bike

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VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.uk

I CAN empathise with the health workers of Stepping Hill (M.E.N., October 5).

Nobody likes paying to park but car parks need maintaining and the hospital trust is naturally reluctant to subsidise their staff at the cost of patient care.

I am a nurse and have worked at various hospitals across Greater Manchester, arriving early to spend a stressful time orbiting the streets to find a free parking place.

Then I discovered the tax-free cycle to work scheme and left the car at home. I have no parking anxieties, am more relaxed, fitter and leaner. Who needs a diet (or gym) when you have a bike? Stepping Hill could learn from the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Hundreds of MRI staff (including consultants) cycle to work, park their bikes securely and benefit from a free monthly bikers' breakfast.

These nurses and doctors are helping themselves and serving as excellent role models to their patients and the general public.

Similarly, Stockport Council should follow the example of Manchester in creating more cyclefriendly roads adjacent to its main hospital.

For us it's a family affair. My wife also cycles to work and our children walk to secondary school. The car became redundant so we sold it. We are all happier, healthier... and better off. Join us.

Vincent Walsh, Rusholme TFGM parking is 'shambles' TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester is a shambles.

The bus strike has been a disaster for TfGM. It goes to show you that in spite of all its publicity and false promises about public transport, it's clear to see it is unfit for purpose.

Broken down buses, late buses, buses which do not turn up at all.

I travelled to work today in Manchester city centre by Metrolink from Oldham Mumps.

I parked my car at the Metrolink car park and was astonished to find I had been given a parking ticket when I returned. My car was parked inside the bay and I had a valid ticket for travel. I will of course appeal against the penalty.

What I found most annoying was that the ticket had been issued by a firm that Transport for Greater Manchester contracts to enforce its car parking.

The firm in question left a ticket without an email address or telephone number with extremely vague instructions on appealing. Being as I had broke no rules, it appears to me that tickets are randomly issued in the hope that people will give up on the appeal and pay the penalty to avoid further action. I find the whole episode a disgraceful way to treat fare paying passengers.

Giles Walker Anger over drivers' pay THE latest disaster on the V1 and V2 buses is that a full service can only be provided if drivers are willing to do overtime.

Many drivers are angry about their pay and are not willing to do overtime during the month of October. …

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