Meadowhall Shopping Centre staff have ditched the car this Christmas and are giving public transport a go, having joined forces with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s (SYPTE) sustainable travel scheme, Inmotion!
More than three hundred employees are going green for the 28 day ‘Busboost’ scheme in return for free travel on any bus, train or tram across South Yorkshire.
The Inmotion! Busboost, delivered by SYPTE, is part of the Department for Transport’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund in South Yorkshire, helping local businesses to make the journey to work easier, healthier, cheaper and faster.
Darren Pearce, Centre Director at Meadowhall who is taking part in the scheme, comments: “This is a great initiative supporting people to think about the way they travel. South Yorkshire is well served for public transport, and with a recent report placing Sheffield within the top 10 cities in the UK when it comes to congestion it’s not only the right environmental option - but the stress free option too, not least at this busy time of year.
“As a business we take our environmental responsibility extremely seriously and so we’re delighted to be pioneering this initiative and hope it will encourage some of our staff to consider alternative ways of travel to the car today and into the future.”
Inmotion! is made up of representatives from SYPTE, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils and provides businesses across South Yorkshire with advice on public transport, cycling, walking and greener driving schemes.
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “Busboost has already encouraged over 5,800 employees across South Yorkshire to try travelling to work by public transport. We are delighted to be working with Meadowhall, together with our Inmotion! partners, to give so many of their employees the chance to leave the car at home.
“Travelling by public transport is not only better for the environment but can be a healthier option too, when exercise through journeys to and from the bus and tram stop or train station is taken into account.
“We are excited to continue to work hard with local businesses, offering support and training that can help staff move their commute away from the car and give public transport, walking and cycling a go – in a bid to make getting to work simple and stress free.”
For more information visit inmotion.co.uk
Image shows: Darren Pearce (R), Meadowhall Centre Director and Mark Bruce (L), Meadowhall Retail Director picking up their free travel passes at Meadowhall Interchange.