Workers go green

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Transport bosses have launched a scheme to encourage workplaces to go green.

Staff from Meadowhall Shopping Centre are the latest to sign up to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s Inmotion Busboost, which asks people to ditch their cars in favour of a free ride on public transport.

More than 300 employees who use their own vehicles to get to work will get free travel on buses, trains and trams for 28 days.

The scheme is part of the Department for Transport’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund in South Yorkshire, helping local businesses to make the journey to work easier, healthier, cheaper and faster.

David Young, deputy director of SYPTE, said: “Travelling by public transport is not only better for the environment but can be a healthier option too, when exercise through journeys to and from the bus and tram stop or train station is taken into account.

“We are excited to continue to work hard with local businesses, offering support and training that can help staff move their commute away from the car and give public transport, walking and cycling a go – in a bid to make getting to work simple and stress free.”

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall centre director, said: “This is a great initiative supporting people to think about the way they travel. South Yorkshire is well served for public transport and as a recent report placed Sheffield in the top 10 cities in the UK for congestion it’s not only the right environmental option - but the stress free option too.”