Sustainable travel grants for businesses
North Somerset Council is supporting employers and visitor attractors that are promoting sustainable travel, with the aim of reducing single-occupancy car use. This covers journeys to and from work, or a visitor attractor and during the course of work.
North Somerset Council now has grants available to employers for this year. These are funded by the Local Sustainable Travel Fund (LSTF) and Joint Local Transport Plan. Match funding at 50% will be required from the employer.
The purpose of the Grant is to help employers with the capital expenses of implementing their Travel Plan (or if no formal Travel Plan is in place then with measures that will otherwise promote and encourage the use of sustainable travel). The council is not prescriptive in how the Grant is used as long as it can be demonstrated that it will achieve this.
Typical uses of the Grant include:
- Cycle parking
- Shower and locker facilities
- Provision of pool cycles
- Establishing private car sharing schemes
- Site access improvements for cyclists and pedestrians
- Setting out bays dedicated to car sharers
- Other capital expenses involved in setting up car park management strategies
- Improvements to local bus stops
To apply for a grant
Smarter driving means driving in a style that reduces fuel consumption which provides a welcome relief from today’s high fuel prices. Smarter Driving also reduces CO2 emissions and lowers accident rates.
Through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund we are able to offer employers the opportunity to trial smarter driving courses, to see how it will benefit them and their employees.
We are working with the Energy Saving Trust to offer up to twenty-four free smarter driving courses.
A highly qualified advanced driving instructor will arrive at your site so lessons can start and finish from your company car park or somewhere equally convenient. The session is 50 minute one-to-one tuition which has proven to be the most effective way to learn the techniques.
Please contact North Somerset Council's Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Team for further information.
Telephone: 01934 426 962 for grants and 01934 426 629 for smarter driving