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Sutton staff lead the smarter travel revolution - 18.08.09

New figures show that more Sutton Council staff walk, cycle or get the bus to work than ever before while car use continues to drop dramatically.

Borough staff are among the most enthusiastic supporters of the Smarter Travel Sutton programme, the award-winning council and Transport for London (TfL) initiative to reduce car use and promote greener travel.

The council's latest staff travel survey reveals that the proportion of employees commuting by car dropped from 54% to 46% last year. Cycling almost doubled over the same period while the numbers travelling by bus or train increased by 3%.

Since 1995, when the council launched its first travel planning programme, 20% fewer staff are commuting by car.

It means the council can save money on parking spaces and help reduce carbon emissions and congestion on Sutton's roads. Staff who walk or cycle are healthier and can be more productive in the workplace.

Daniel Ratchford is the council's Strategic Director for Environment and Leisure on Sutton Council, and uses a fold-up Brompton bike to commute and travel between council offices. He said:

"If we want to persuade residents about the benefits of greener travel its crucial that the council leads by example and that's why I'm delighted by the results of the staff survey.

"Over a number of years the council has introduced a package of steps to help staff switch from commuting by car.

"There's more cycle parking outside our offices, better showers for cyclists and salary schemes to make train tickets and bicycles more affordable. We've even teamed up with the Holiday Inn so that our staff can use their showers.

"However, there is still a lot to do and a lot more staff who need that extra push to use sustainable transport. This work will continue, alongside our efforts to make it easier for everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Sutton to travel by greaner means."

Last updated: Wednesday, 19 August 2009

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