Over 400 employees from the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have taken part in a public transport travel trial to help reduce the Trust’s carbon footprint.
Workers who usually drive to work signed up to leave their cars at home and make the switch to travelling by bus, tram and train for 28 days through the government-backed ‘Busboost’ scheme. The benefits staff reported from those traveling to work by public transport include reduced stress levels, reliability and proximity to public transport links when compared to driving.
Eighty percent of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Busboost participants said that they will continue to use public transport for most or part of their journey to and from work and seventy eight percent stated they would encourage friends and family to switch to public transport.
The Trust is committed to having a positive impact on local health and wellbeing while reducing their negative impact on the climate and environment by introducing measures to reduce CO2 in energy, waste, procurement as well as transport travel.
Improving travel for staff is just one aspect of the Trust’s ongoing sustainability development work in partnership with Inmotion! Earlier this year their non-patient transport fleet was accredited with a 4-star rating under the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, a regional Air Quality Initiative that recognises the operational and environmental performance levels of business vehicles.
David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Interim Director General, said: “We’ve had a tremendous response from the Trust which demonstrates a partnership commitment to improving transport options for employees and encouraging long-term modal shift. There are numerous benefits to travelling by public transport rather than by car as reported by the participants as well as reducing local congestion, pollution and helping to alleviate pressure on parking in and around the Trust.”
Busboost participant, Mamta Pankhania – Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Credit Controller and Overseas Officer, said: “I found driving to and from Doncaster where I live every week can be quite stressful due to being stuck in traffic and struggling to find a parking space when I arrive at work. At first I felt apprehensive about using public transport and I didn’t want to come out of my comfort zone. The Busboost scheme was a perfect opportunity for me to give it a go for free and I found my commute by public transport worked better. I’ve now converted to using the bus and train to get to and from work, it’s more economical and stress free.”
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