Over 4,000 employees from companies across South Yorkshire have given up their car to give the bus a go in an innovative new sustainable transport scheme.
The Busboost scheme encourages employees to leave their car at home in return for up to 28 days’ free travel on the county’s buses, trains and trams.
Delivered by Inmotion!, a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, it aims to make the journey to work simpler, easier or even healthier.
Leading outsourcing company, Capita, has recently seen 240 staff sign up to the free Busboost scheme. 63% of Capita employees that took part said they will continue to use public transport for most or part of their journey to and from work, whilst also reporting other benefits including reduced stress levels and quicker journey times compared to driving.
Capita employee, Brogan Curtis, was delighted with the benefits of Busboost. She said: “After I took part in the free trial I sold my car and now use the bus regularly to get to and from work.”
Capita Safety, Health & Environment Manager, Chris Broadhead, said: “Many of our employees travel to work from different areas such as Barnsley, Pontefract, Rotherham, and Sheffield. With limited car parking spaces available we wanted to make people aware of the alternative travel options available.
“As a business, we take our employees’ health and wellbeing seriously and the Busboost initiative has been a resounding success for the employees taking part. It was really easy to get involved and I would encourage other businesses to give it a go.”
The Inmotion! project is delivered through South Yorkshire’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
SYPTE Deputy Head of Customer Experience, Nigel Cairns, said: “We are delighted that the Inmotion! project and the Busboost scheme is providing a range of sustainable transport options that are already delivering benefits for employees.
“Our innovative support, training and advice is tailored to business needs. Through better provision of sustainable transport, walking and cycling in South Yorkshire, Inmotion! aims to widen the options available for people getting to work and remove the barriers that can prevent access to employment, education and training.”
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