Transport plan scheme offers financial incentives to north east Lincolnshire businesses

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A project aimed at encouraging businesses and employees to consider greener and healthier methods of transport is progressing across North East Lincolnshire.

The project, managed by the council’s regeneration partner ENGIE, launched last year and offers businesses a full travel planning service, including an assessment of how employees travel to and from work.

Businesses who work with us to produce a travel plan will be eligible to apply for funding of up to £5,000 to implement travel initiatives such as installation of electric vehicle charging points, new and improved cycle parking facilities or purchase of electric bikes.

A travel plan includes:

  • An initial assessment of how employees commute to and from work
  • Promotion of sustainable transport available
  • Support to reduce single-occupancy car journeys

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Travel planning is a great way for businesses to promote greener, more sustainable methods of transport to their staff whilst improving their own carbon footprint.

“Our transport team is here to help and will work with businesses to try to get more people trying out alternative, cleaner means of transport.

“With grant funding available to purchase cycle shelters, electric vehicle charging points and bus tickets, this is a superb project. The support on offer to businesses provides an opportunity to become a cleaner, more sustainable company and support our ambition to become a greener borough.”

Alun Daly, Senior Operations Officer at Lincs Inspire said: “We started working with ENGIE’s Transport Team in May 2018 at our Grimsby Leisure Centre site to produce a business travel plan. Since then we have installed a brand new secure cycle shelter and have held travel information sessions for both staff and visitors to the centre.

“Since we started the business travel planning process we have seen colleagues considering a more sustainable method of travel and a number who are choosing to cycle to work. This is a great step and provides benefits to us an employer and to the staff choosing to cycle.”

Since the project launched 11 business travel plans have been completed by organisations including 2 Sisters Food Group, NAViGo and Lincs Inspire’s Grimsby and Cleethorpes Leisure Centres.

For more information about Business Travel Planning email: BusinessTravelPlans@nelincs.gov.uk or call (01472) 32 4930.