Northumberland workers getting on board with greener travel

More than 1,000 people in Northumberland have been given advice on sustainable travel in a bid to reduce the number of cars on the roads, reduce congestion and help the environment.

Employees from organisations including Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust, Manor Walks shopping centre in Cramlington and Northumberland County Council have been working with Go Smarter to Work, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland’s sustainable travel programme.

Andy Chymera from Go Smarter to Work, Northumberland, said: “We’ve been working closely with people who work for companies across Northumberland and have spoken to more than 1,000 individuals, finding out how they currently travel to and from work, and offering advice on the various sustainable travel options which are available.”

Go Smarter to Work has been working with businesses and employees in Northumberland to encourage employees to adopt greener and healthier modes of travel including walking, cycling, car sharing and using public transport.

As well as offering advice, the Go Smarter to Work team has provided eligible employees with travel tickets so they can try using public transport to get to work. It has also organised bike health checks and walking challenges.

Andy Chymera added: “We have helped businesses and their employees travel in ways which are greener, healthier, and help to reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. We’ve helped hundreds of people make small changes, becoming more active and having a positive impact on the environment.”