Over three hundred and seventy employees from the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have pledged to give up their car and switch to public transport for 28 days in a bid to reduce congestion and improve local air quality.
The Busboost scheme, which is aimed at staff who usually drive to work, encourages employees to leave their car at home and in return enjoy nearly a month’s free travel throughout the county, on any bus, tram or train. By taking part, Sheffield Children’s Hospital staff can expect benefits such as saving money on petrol and car parking charges, incorporating exercise into their daily route by walking to and from stops or stations, and contributing to the city’s cleaner air.
Chief Executive of Sheffield Children's Hospital Simon Morritt, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Inmotion! programme and the response from our staff has been fantastic. With limited car parking spaces available around the hospital we wanted to make people aware of the alternative travel options available to them. The Busboost scheme is a perfect opportunity to see whether public transport can work for our staff without the initial cost element.”
SYPTE Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We’ve received a tremendous response from the Sheffield Children’s Hospital with many staff committed to taking part in the Busboost initiative. The scheme has been a resounding success with over eleven and a half thousand people taking part since its launch in February 2013. Through the Inmotion! project we aim to widen the sustainable travel options available to help people access work opportunities, support economic growth and reduce congestion and CO2 emissions.”
Delivered by Inmotion!, a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, the scheme aims to make journeys to work simpler, easier or even healthier.
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