Thousands of local workers to benefit from discount travel
Released: Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Local businesses are encouraged to sign up to an exciting new scheme which has already seen more than 5,000 local workers across Adur and Worthing eligible to benefit from discounts on rail and bus travel.
More than ten local businesses and organisations have joined easitADUR & WORTHING, a collaboration between Adur & Worthing Councils and leading social enterprise easit.
Workers are not only offered discounts on peak and off peak travel and season tickets, but also reductions on bikes and car hire, as well as other initiatives which promote more environmentally friendly travel.
The scheme aims to encourage people to travel more sustainably for both work and leisure in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, one of the leading causes of climate change. It can also improve staff health and wellbeing, as well as address congestion and parking problems.
West Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust is one of the organisations which has already signed up to the scheme and hosted the first easitADUR & Worthing network meeting:
Suzanne Fisher, Associate Director of Facilities at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The new Adur and Worthing easitNETWORK is excellent news for Western Sussex Hospitals staff and so we were delighted to host the launch event at Worthing Hospital.”
“Membership of the easit scheme is a key element of our Green Travel Plan, which helps reduce car emissions and traffic congestion by providing employees with discounts to public transport, out of town Park & Ride car parks and improved facilities for cyclists and motorbike users.”
Cllr Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:
“We are really pleased that so many businesses in Adur and Worthing have decided to sign up to the scheme. Encouraging staff to think more about sustainable transport options is another step forward in our work to become more sustainable. Cycling and walking also help promote health and wellbeing leading to a happier workforce.”
Mel Mehmet, CEO of easit, said:
“We are delighted to have launched our first new network of 2019 and the 16th easitNETWORK overall. There now exists a real desire to address transport issues and that is where easit can help. We are very much looking forward to working with Adur & Worthing Councils and other local businesses.”
Transport is one of the six areas being tackled by the Councils' SustainableAW programme to combat global warming and protect and improve the environment in Adur and Worthing. The other areas are: energy, waste, water, biodiversity and carbon reduction.
To find out more about Adur & Worthing travel improvement plans see our SustainableAW travel section.
Photo: Adur & Worthing Councils along with local businesses and organisations celebrate the launch of easitADUR & WORTHING
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