Programme aims to bring cheaper business travel to MK

Feb 12, 2014

 

The Smartgo Milton Keynes business travel network aims to make commuting and business travel cheaper, easier and more sustainable.
 
Backed by Milton Keynes Council and automotive giant Volkswagen, which has its UK headquarters in the city, the scheme has been developed and co-ordinated by specialist sustainable travel consultancy Go Travel Solutions.
 
The Smartgo Milton Keynes programme offers a membership package that includes travel incentives and discounts, transport expertise and collaboration opportunities with other employers and transport providers. 
 
It is due to be unveiled to the business community at a launch event held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in stadiummk on February 24.
 
Andrew Bannister, chair of the Smartgo Milton Keynes steering group and head of group environmental management at Volkswagen Group (UK), said: “Smartgo Milton Keynes is an initiative which combines two things close to our hearts – promotion of smart, efficient transport, and the sustainable economic growth of our UK home city. We are delighted to be able to support it.”
 
Similar projects are already running in Leicester and Stevenage.
 
Cllr Keith McLean, cabinet member for transport at Milton Keynes Council, said: “Our aim is to give 
people across 
Milton Keynes the widest choice possible when it comes to travel and to offer affordable and healthier solutions.
 
"Smartgo Milton Keynes will help to deliver this to local businesses and residents alike and I am delighted that Milton Keynes Council are able to support this.”
 
Go Travel Solutions managing director Robin Pointon said: “The Smartgo programme is a proven model with other projects in Leicester and Stevenage already up and running.
 
"We are delighted to be partnering with Milton Keynes Council and Volkswagen, transport operators and local businesses to provide them with enhanced options for commuting and business travel both now and into the future.”
 
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