Council to promote car share scheme

AROUND 13,500 homes in the east of Thurrock will be visited over the next few months to encourage more people to car share, or use alternatives to cars for local journeys.

Personal Journey Planners (PJP) will be knocking on doors in Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham, Tilbury, East Tilbury, Linford and Orsett offering travel advice that promotes healthier, more environmentally-friendly and cheaper ways to get around the borough.

Last year over 5,500 Thurrock homes asked for travel information as part of the PJP project which focused on the west of the borough.

Feedback following the visits showed that 44 per cent had cut their car use, half had increased their use of public transport, and over a third had taken to cycling and walking.

Ann Osola, Thurrock’s Head of Transportation and Highways, said: “Personal Travel Planning is proven to work. Many people are not aware that there are smarter ways to travel that are healthier and you can save money.

“Personal journey planners are extremely useful in highlighting alternatives that residents may not be aware of such as local bus routes and cycle paths.”

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