More journey planning in Thurrock
Date posted: 15-06-2012
THE second phase of Travel Thurrock’s personalised journey planning project has been launched.
The aim of the government-funded project is to encourage people to think carefully about their travel needs and see if there is a “greener” option.
It offers residents the chance to receive free information and advice on travelling in and around the borough, encouraging them to travel in healthier, more environmentally friendly and economic ways.
A team of 17 has been recruited from the local area to deliver the project, and will begin offering tailored advice to residents about travel options over 15 weeks.
Residents in Grays were targeted in the first phase and the second will concentrate on the wider Grays area, Stifford Clays and Chadwell St Mary..
Phase One of the project, between February and March this year, was well received, with 2,783 households taking part and requesting a tailored pack of information.
A customer-satisfaction survey of 158 households indicated that 60 per cent had made or intended to make changes to their travel patterns and make greater use of bus, rail, cycling car-sharing and walking routes in the area.
Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder of transportation, said: “Thurrock is one of the few places that has hit the road running with its Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme, spending the money wisely in the first year.
“While other authorities are just starting their programmes, Thurrock was described as a ‘star authority’ in one national publication.
“We are working incredibly hard to help people seen that by making small changes in the way they travel, whether it’s to work, to the shops, or school, there can be remarkably large effects, to the environment and their their pockets too.”
Personal journey planning is one part of Thurrock Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme funded by the council and the Department for Transport.
It is supported by local public transport operators, the NHS and the business community.
The programme aims to improve access to employment and learning opportunities, reduce emissions from transport and improve the health of local people through a range of transport improvements and improved information provision.