New scheme set to encourage greener travel in Newark
Newark residents are being offered free travel advice on their doorstep - to encourage more people to use greener transport to help improve air quality, tackle congestion, promote a healthier lifestyle and improve access to job opportunities.
The two-year County Council-led scheme, known as Travel Choice, comes on the back of £845,000 funding from the Department for Transport.
Personalised travel plans will be offered to approximately 9,000 households in the Newark area with travel advisors out and about in the town for the next few weeks asking householders about their travel patterns.
On the back of these conversations, householders will be then be sent a free, personalised travel pack full of information, including maps showing local walks and other green travel tips.
Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Communities and Place said,
“ Encouraging more people to walk, cycle and catch the bus is part of the Council’s long-term plan to help promote sustainable transport, improve air quality and the local economy.
“We know many residents are already doing their bit and improving their fitness by walking, cycling or using the bus – but we hope this free advice will inspire even more people to make small changes – such as leaving their car at home for short journeys, car sharing or trying public transport.”
Postcards are being delivered this week (from 14 May) within the Newark area to let residents know that a travel advisor will be visiting later this month or in early June.
Households have been given the option to ‘opt-out’ so a travel adviser doesn’t call. Similarly, households can of course choose not to take part when a travel advisor visits.
Travel advisors will also be running sessions at local secondary schools and job centres to help advise job seekers and school leavers on their transport options for accessing jobs, apprenticeships or further education.
The next sessions for job seekers is planned for Wednesday 30 May the Jobcentre Plus in Newark, with a similar session aimed at school leavers being held on Wednesday 27 June at Newark College.
Local employers will also have the opportunity to get involved as the Travel Choice team is offering a variety of tailored free advice, discounts and benefits to businesses to encourage employees to travel more sustainably for business travel journeys and the commute to work.