Share scheme offers free parking to commutersNov 30, 2009
The offer, which could save workers up to £1,400 a year, involves them undertaking to collect a fellow city centre employee on their way to work.
This coincides with the first in a line of forthcoming travel road shows held at Milton Keynes Central Station to encourage commuters to think about how sustainable their journeys are to and from the station.
Hundreds of ‘three months free’ vouchers were distributed amongst commuters to encourage them to sign up – joining the 3,757 Central Milton Keynes employees who are already part of the scheme.
Once signed up, they will be able to take advantage of any of the 400 ‘car share only’ parking spaces, the standard rate bays (30p per hour) and the blue long stay spaces dotted around the city centre.
Officers from Milton Keynes Council, CARSHAREMK, Arriva, London Midland and the Energy Saving Trust were at the station last week to provide information on car sharing and on alternatives means of getting to and from work.
Cllr Alan Mallyon, Cabinet Member responsible for Transport said, ‘The roadshow has been a successful way to capture commuters attention in demonstrating how to make transport more sustainable and environmentally friendly as well as saving money in the process.
“We hope to continue the roadshows in the New Year and get more commuters on board with CARSHAREMK and other eco-friendly forms of transport. It was also particularly encouraging to see so many dedicated cyclists accessing the station.’
Several commuters also signed up for personalised travel plans for their journey to and from the station. Also available was information on London Midland station parking discounts for low emissions vehicles.
Commuters can buy a monthly, quarterly or annual parking permit for half price if your vehicle emits no more than 120g of carbon dioxide every kilometre.