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Local businesses secure staff travel discounts

Released: Wednesday, 06 March 2019

More than 10 local businesses and organisations have already joined a new travel discount scheme set up just a month ago and supported by Adur & Worthing Councils.

easitADUR & WORTHING offers staff money off peak-time train and bus travel, as well as other discounts, including savings on car club membership and discounts on buying and hiring bicycles, including electric bikes.

Worthing Hospital, the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College are amongst the organisations already signed up to the scheme which was set up by the Councils’ in collaboration with easit, a leading non-profit social enterprise.

The scheme was supported last night by Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee, with Council staff the first to benefit from the scheme as part of the Travel Action Plan (TAP) which encourages staff to travel more sustainably. A survey carried out by the Councils, and supported by Sustrans, the national sustainable transport charity, found that while over half of council staff live five miles or less from their place of work, active travel accounts for just a quarter of commutes.

However, over half of staff said they were contemplating changing the way they travel to work or carry out council business. This included walking, cycling, using public transport or car sharing. The main barriers to using more public transport were seen as cost, frequency, reliability and overcrowding.

Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said:

“We really want to encourage more people in Adur and Worthing to take up more healthy transport options when and where they can. It’s good for our health and wellbeing, and also good for the environment, particularly cutting back on pollution.”

Cllr. Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services said:

“Changing the way we travel is something we can all do to reduce the threat of climate change, it’s simple - use our cars less, walk more, cycle more, use public transport more, and when we do use a vehicle, try to share journeys with others or use low emission vehicles. Changing one commute a week will make a huge difference if everyone did it. It can also make us feel better physically.”

easitADUR & WORTHING discounts so far - with more to come - include:

Transport is one of the six areas to be tackled by the Councils’ SustainableAW programme as part of its contribution to tackling global warming, and protecting and improving the environment in Adur and Worthing. The other areas are: energy, waste, water, biodiversity and carbon fuel reduction.

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