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College students and staff sign-up to car-share scheme

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Students and staff at Peterborough Regional College are launching dedicated car-share schemes to help minimise traffic congestion and air pollution while also saving money on travel costs.

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In addition to the environmental and cost advantages of car-sharing, the college will reserve eight parking spaces for people who are members of a car-share group. More spaces will be reserved in response to demand.

The schemes – one for staff and the other for students – will be launched on Monday (11 September) when members of Peterborough City Council’s Travelchoice team will be promoting the benefits of the initiative.

Staff and students will be able to use dedicated access facilities on the student and staff intranet to search for other staff members and students, who make similar journeys between home and college.

City council travel plan coordinator Nicola Francis said: “Hundreds of people are already benefiting from car sharing. The system is especially effective for people who travel to the same location – such as a big office or college – at fixed times on specific days.

“People don’t have to be car owners to sign-up nor do they have to commit to sharing every day. Sharing just one day a week will reduce congestion and result in money savings. Furthermore, every car share arrangement will result in at least one more vehicle being taken off the road during peak periods, reducing congestion and air pollution.

“The Travelchoice website - www.travelchoice.org.uk - offers advice about how people share the cost of the journey and other car-share etiquette.”

College health and safety assistant Sam Langfield, who helped set up the scheme, added: “Car sharing makes sense from many perspectives, especially for students who have limited income and sometimes need to travel some distance to attend college each day.

“With 3,500 full time students, 12,000 part time students and 713 staff using the college, the introduction of these car share schemes should offer significant benefits.”

September 2006




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