Government boosts sustainable transport schemes

Government boosts sustainable transport schemes

Government boosts sustainable transport schemes

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed it will provide additional funding for its initiatives that aim to promote the use of sustainable transport.

Baroness Kramer announced the extra £2 million of financial support for nine transport schemes across the country, building on the success of previous efforts.

It is hoped the additional money will continue to encourage the public to preserve the environment through the way they travel.

One concept that is being promoted is the idea that families could choose to cycle together for various trips, as opposed to driving.

Tyne and Wear has received more than £600,000 as part of an initiative to encourage families to use push bikes for the school run.

Various other local authorities, such as Worcestershire, Warwickshire and York city have been given money to incentivise cycling and make access to public transport easier.

Another plan announced by DfT was to assist those out of work by giving them bicycles or helping to cover the cost of trains or buses so they could attend job interviews or training events.

Both West Yorkshire and Staffordshire will receive funding to facilitate this - the former £590,000 and the latter £85,000.

The heart behind the idea is to try to get more cars off the road and make it more convenient for journeys to be carried out on bikes and public transport.

Baroness Kramer said: "These successful schemes have changed how people travel, with communities now making healthier and greener choices.

"Dozens of great projects have been delivered already under this fund and I'm glad we've been able to support more."

These nationwide schemes are set to be boosted by donations amounting to £1.6 million.

How you can do your bit

Implementing small steps to be more eco-friendly needn't be as daunting as it may seem. To really make a difference, it requires all of us getting involved and looking out for the environment.

Perhaps you could follow in the footsteps - quite literally - of those who will benefit from these schemes, and walk or cycle to work instead of driving. Alternatively, if it's difficult to get to work without a car, how about sharing a ride with a fellow colleague?

It can be easy to reduce how much energy you use in the workplace by a few strategic moves. Especially now the clocks have gone forward, it won't always be necessary to have the lights on for the whole day. Think about putting them on at certain times throughout the nine-to-five to cut down on monthly consumption.

As we've already mentioned, one potential way to encourage a green culture in your office is to turn it into a friendly competition, as it's more likely to gain traction that way as people look to take ownership of the initiatives.

At Aurora, we only use we only use environmentally-friendly products and techniques when we're cleaning, so you can rest assure you're helping to do your bit.


Posted by Andrew Stewart

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