Businesses sign up to travel plan network and part of a possible £20,000 funding

14 Dec 2012 @ 11.02 am
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Issued by City of York Council

Businesses across York have signed up to support and endorse sustainable travel following the city’s first business travel plan network seminar earlier this month.

Over 60 delegates from organisations across York attended the seminar, organised by City of York Council, which discussed successful travel plan initiatives from service providers in the private and public sectors.

The business seminar was also an opportunity for the council to encourage businesses to take advantage of part of £20,000, which can be match-funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

This scheme is aimed at employers of ten or more staff and can be 50 per cent match funded through the LSTF which was awarded to the council last year from the government’s Department for Transport and supports the council’s i-Travel scheme.

Match funding has already been awarded to businesses across York to provide secure cycle parking, and a number of businesses have made contact since the seminar expressing interest in the scheme.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “I am delighted with the response to the event. Now, the intention is to build on the success and encourage more businesses and organisations to be part of the network so that we can develop joint initiatives, share best practise and implement measures which reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and support business expansion in the city area.”

Mark Emmerson, Business Services and project manager from Nestle, a member of the network, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative and look forward to having further discussions with the City of York Council in early 2013 to see how we can implement their recommendations.”

Works are underway to scedule future seiminars on specific areas of sustainable transport, for example alternative fuelled vehicles.

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