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Local business considers sustainable transport options in COVID-19 recovery

1:43 pm, Friday, 23rd July 2021 - 2 months ago

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North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, have been working with local business, Pattesons Glass Ltd, in a review of their business travel plan.

Pattesons Glass Ltd worked with transport officials in 2018 to develop a Business Travel Plan to promote, encourage and enable more sustainable travel to and from their site on Estate Road 8.

As the company continues to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, a second travel plan is in development to reassess transport methods available to staff to support cleaner and greener transport methods as employee shift patterns are altered to keep the workforce safe and the business continues to see growth opportunities.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It’s great to hear about local businesses performing well as they come out from the harsh impacts of COVID-19. Our transport officials are committed to working with businesses in the area to support the shift to sustainable travel methods and they will continue to work with Pattesons Glass and others in the area as we all make this transition.

“I am glad we have been able to positively engage and come up with further options and support for these employees in travelling sustainably and providing alternatives to single occupancy car journeys. Changes like this do take time, and collectively, our behaviours and attitudes need to change and our transport team is on hand to support this transition for our residents, businesses, and schools.”

Mark Schofield, operations director at Pattesons Glass, added: “I am delighted to have been able to work with the team at NELC and ENGIE on our business travel plan, which has allowed us to deliver a purpose-built cycle shelter for our employees. The team have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, and it’s great for them to now have a dedicated, safe and visible place to store their cycles.

“To help encourage all employees, we’ve offered them an interest free loan to purchase new cycles and equipment. It’s been great to help them, and we have now purchased six cycles for the team. Prior to COVID-19, there was a car share scheme, but now they are cycling to work, they find it not only quicker than the car, but they feel healthier too.

“I must also mention Lock-it of Grimsby, who built and installed the shelter. It’s great that we have been able to work with and use a local business.”

What does a travel plan include?

  • An initial assessment of how employees commute to and from work
  • Promotion of sustainable transport available
  • Support to reduce single-occupancy car journeys

For more information about Business Travel Planning, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/travelplanning or email TravelPlans@nelincs.gov.uk or call (01472) 324930.

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