Thursday, 15 August 2013

Last Chance For Employers To Apply For Travel Grant

There is still grant funding to help employers within Cambridge and the A10 and A14 corridors to provide workplace sustainable travel initiatives

Last year The Travel for Work Partnership received funding from the Government's 'Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF)'. Part of this is being used to fund the Workplace Sustainable Travel Grant scheme.

Employers based within the LSTF areas (Cambridge – Huntingdon and Cambridge to Ely corridors) can all apply for up to £6,000 of match funding for facilities to help staff commute sustainably. To find out more contact TfW on 01223 715550 or email: info@tfw.org.uk.

The last chance to apply for this funding and help is September 2013, so now is the time for employers to start thinking about schemes that would help make employer Workplace Travel Plans more effective and improve travel choice for staff travelling to and for work.

Last year twelve employer members of the Travel for Work Partnership (TfW) across Cambridgeshire received a share of over £24,000 from TfW’s Workplace Travel Grant scheme in 2012/13. These employers have contributed a further £30,000 to complete the new schemes worth £54,000, to make the daily commute more sustainable.

One of these successful applicants was Hinchingbrooke Hospital, which received help towards providing and improving travel facilities for their staff. In March this year there was a special unveiling ceremony of the brand new staff cycle shelter for 24 cycles at Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust

Mark Webb, Business Manager at TfW said: “Travel for Work is delighted to help employers in this way. We are here to support local employers who encourage staff to commute sustainably, whether by public transport, car sharing, cycling and of course walking. The Workplace Travel Grant is just one of the practical things we can do to help.”

TfW’s Workplace Travel Grant Scheme is supported by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programme, which is funded by Central Government and includes a range of measures aimed at ‘Getting Cambridgeshire to work’.  This will help to maximise the county’s potential for growing and attracting business, and ensuring that Cambridgeshire continues to make a significant contribution to UK PLC.

The type of initiatives that would be considered are those that enable employees to walk, cycle, car share, use public transport and/or to undertake trips using several modes of transport.

Other projects funded by the scheme last years included Addenbrooke’s electric pool bikes and lockers, Cambridge Housing Society’s cycle stands, Eversheds’ revamped showers, Cambustion’s cycle stand shelter and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s new changing rooms.