Sort transport - save cash and planet

BUSINESSES are being invited to go on a free safari to help them pick up free recession-beating tips that could help save money and the planet. The free breakfast safari event is being held by Travel Plan Plus (TP+), on January 27, and will show businesse

BUSINESSES are being invited to go on a free safari to help them pick up free recession-beating tips that could help save money and the planet.

The free breakfast safari event is being held by Travel Plan Plus (TP+), on January 27, and will show businesses how better travel planning can keep their workforce and bank balances healthy.

TP+ is a European-funded project that will join employees travelling to Cambridge's Business Park, Regional College, Science Park, St John's Innovation Centre and Taylor Vinters solicitors together in a travel plan network. This will help them work on promoting and providing more environmentally-friendly travel options to commuters and business travellers.

TP+ co-ordinator Gary Armstrong said: "The breakfast safari will give employers practical advice and support to discover what low cost opportunities and measures exist to ease their employees' travel to work stresses."

Short introductory presentations will be followed by a travel plan 'safari' where participants will visit various 'stations' to hear about approaches to linking travel plan measures to recession-busting messages; such as promoting and facilitating car-sharing, bus and train transport, cycling. Eco and safer driving and flexible working can all save commuters money, TP+ said.

The meeting, which starts at 8am, is at St John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS.

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At each station TP+ has lined up an expert who has demonstrated leadership in the subject area. Finally, the meeting will finish with a mop-up at which delegates can sum up what they have learned and what they will take away from the meeting.

Gary added: "There is a surprising number of ways an employer can encourage and implement low-cost sustainable transport options, and this meeting is all about giving employers practical solutions and raising awareness of the opportunities."

INFORMATION: The breakfast is free and will give employers an opportunity to meet others who are developing travel initiatives for their employees. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Gary Amstrong at Travel for Work on 01223 715695 or e-mail gary.armstrong@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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