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Metro's Travel for
Work Team led a workshop on Workplace Travel Planning at an event
organised by the University of Bradford to mark World Environment
Day on Tuesday 5 June.
During the workshop the team told companies how they can help
them to draw up plans to deal with travel issues relating to
"We explained how we can help firms develop sustainable travel
options through employee discounts on public transport, walking and
cycling to work, car clubs, car-sharing schemes and encouraging
home working, "said Metro's Travel for Work Co-ordinator Simon
More than 130 West Yorkshire companies have already signed up to
Metro's Travel Plan Network, and details of the scheme, which is
being supported by Yorkshire Forward, can be found at www.wytravelplan.com or by telephoning Project
Co-ordinator Simon Robinson on 0113 251 7429.
The University of Bradford held the World Environment Day event
to develop ideas and share good practice on tackling climate
change. It aims to allow organisations to learn and explore ideas
on improving environmental performance, identify their benefits of
action and seek ways of overcoming barriers.
As well as looking at travel planning & transport the event
included workshops on energy efficiency, sustainable construction,
recycling & waste management, biodiversity and sustainable
Metro Chairman and Bradford Councillor Stanley King, who uses
public transport to get to meetings across West Yorkshire, said,
"We have a duty to each other and future generations to protect the
environment, and I want to play my part by setting an example.
"My carbon footprint from my home at Heaton to Metro's
headquarters in Leeds is considerably reduced by my use of the
local train services.
"Through its Travel for Work Team and by spending over
£120m each year on the rail network, subsidising local bus
services and concessionary fares, Metro is working to provide the
companies and individuals across West Yorkshire with the option to
reduce their own carbon footprint, as well as tackle congestion on
our road network."