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Go Travel Solutions appoints Ian Drummond as new director

Brings significant experience of local and national transport policy and planning

Former Transport Planning Society ‘Transport Planner of the Year’ 

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Ian Drummond as a new Non-Executive director to support its growing sustainable travel consultancy business. Ian’s appointment brings the number of directors to four and he will bring over 36 years of award-winning experience in transport planning and policy to help the company continue to develop and deliver sustainable transport solutions across the UK.

Ian Drummond was awarded ‘Transport Planner of the Year’ in 2012 by the Transport Planning Society and in his previous role as Assistant Director, Transportation at Leicestershire County Council, he helped the authority to secure the ‘Local Transport Authority of the Year’ award in 2011. During his career with local authorities in the East Midlands and at the Department for Transport, Ian has worked on multi-million programmes and across a range of transportation fields including road pricing, policy and safety, highway network management, integrated transport models, bus networks and traffic management. 

Managing car use as part of a sustainable travel plan for business

I spend my business life promoting the case for sustainablRobin Pointon of Go Travel Solutionstravel.

This sector can be perceived as being overly-fixated on cycling, walking and public transport as ‘alternative’ modes of transport – sometimes to the point of developing an anti-car lobby. However, we firmly believe that car use is an important part of the sustainable travel mix.

Sustainable travel is not just about getting cars off the road. If we are to achieve the necessary major reductions in CO2 emissions from transportation over the next 10-20 years, manage traffic growth and engage businesses, then cars have to be part of the solution and professional car management is required, for both private and fleet vehicles. They cannot and should not be seen as the problem.

Employee requirements drive consideration of transport options

Businesses today are built around the flexibility that cars offer. For those working in out of town destinations the only real option is the car. However, as factors such as reduced parking spaces and rising fuel costs impact these businesses ever more, other transport options begin to be considered.

Sixt to offer 15 per cent off car hire for over 80,000 UK employees

Available to members of Smartgo sustainable travel networks in Leicester, Milton Keynes and Stevenage

International car hire provider, Sixt is to offer 15 per cent discount off hire prices to over 80,000 business and leisure users across Leicester, Milton Keynes and Stevenage. The agreement, signed with sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions will offer major savings on car hire in the UK for all members of the Smartgo sustainable travel networks in the three areas, plus members of the Business Travel Networks in Coalville and Loughborough in Leicestershire.

The collective membership of the Smartgo and Business Travel Networks – co-ordinated by Go Travel Solutions - is over 130 businesses, covering over 80,000 employees. For information on joining the Smartgo or Business Travel Networks in your area, contact 0116 216 8326, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.smartgo.co.uk.

Want to find out how to reduce time spent travelling to meetings?

Smarter Working Forum in Milton Keynes will provide local businesses with advice on reducing their dependence on physical travel for meetings

From 12-2pm on 10 July 2014 at T-Systems Limited in Milton Keynes

Local businesses in Milton Keynes are invited to find out how they can use the latest communications technology to reduce the time and expense involved in travelling to meetings. 

Gearing up to help local charity ship bikes to Africa

Employees from sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions have been helping Colchester-based charity, Re~Cycle with the repair and shipping of refurbished bikes to Africa.

Re~Cycle is Go Travel Solutions’ chosen charity and the finished bikes will go to people living in rural areas including Gambia, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Madagascar. They will offer people a route out of poverty, giving them opportunities to travel to work, healthcare locations and school. Since 1997, Re~Cycle has sent more than 53,000 bikes to Africa, plus parts and tools.

 

Homeworking holds key to carbon reduction for businesses, report finds

Increasing the numbers of employees working from home could save up to £3bn in energy costs for UK businesses, reducing over three million tonnes of carbon emissions nationwide.

That's according to a new report released today (21 May) by the Carbon Trust. The report indicates that homeworking can significantly reduce office energy consumption and rental costs, as well as additional CO2 emissions created by employees when commuting. 

Advances in technologies such as smartphones and cloud computing means it is now all the more feasible, with the report revealing a significant increase in homeworkers to over four million out of a 30 million-strong workforce. 

"Homeworking is on the rise, with numbers increasing by over half a million since 2007," said the Carbon Trust's managing director of advisory Hugh Jones. "This new research shows that in the right circumstances, it has the potential to be expanded significantly and be a win-win for business and the environment." 

The Carbon Trust's research goes on to reveal a critical finding: carbon savings are sometimes not achieved because of potential rebound effects, particularly the increased carbon emissions from employees working in homes that often energy inefficient. 

Balancing act 

Jones says business must therefore take care to factor in their individual circumstances when considering homeworking policies, to ensure that these will actually cut carbon emissions and not increase them. 

"Significant financial and carbon savings can be achieved from the roll out of homeworking," he said. "But companies must be careful to ensure that they get the balance right, for if employers do not take account of their individual circumstances, a rebound effect, from employees heating inefficient homes, may actually lead to an increase in carbon emissions." 

Over 40 per cent of UK jobs are compatible with working from home, but only 35 per cent of companies have a policy allowing their employees to do so. And where homeworking is offered by companies, between one-third and one-half choose not to accept it. 

Workplaces that can realise the greatest immediate environmental benefits from a shift to homeworking tend to be those with long average employee commutes, especially by car, and where employers are contemplating a move to new premises. 

Case study: Cisco 

One firm that has taken advantage of the energy reduction benefits of telecommuting is networking equipment manufacturer Cisco. 

Ian Foddering, Cisco's chief technology officer and technical director, said: "By 2018, there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices globally. As such, telecommuting will not only become commonplace but is already in the progress of fast becoming the most natural way for people to work and collaborate globally. Cisco has aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and suppliers worldwide, and telecommuting is helping us to achieve these goals. 

"The average Cisco employee telecommutes two days a week and those using our Cisco Virtual Office technology typically work from home three days each week. In total, this amounts to avoiding 35 million miles of commuting per year. Not only is this great for the environment, reducing Cisco's CO2 emissions by 17,000 tonnes annually, but it's also great for business, with an estimated $333 million per year made in productivity savings. 

"Although some organisations may experience cultural barriers in adopting telecommuting, we believe our experience at Cisco demonstrates the real benefits to the environment, the business and the individual employee." 

 

Source: www.edie.net

 

 

 

 

Engaging with the Transport iNet

Engaging with the Transport iNet

 

Transport iNet was established in early 2009 to help businesses working in the transport equipment sector to flourish and drive the East Midlands economy forward. The Transport iNet allows individual sectors to work together, share ideas, technologies, intelligence, innovation and create a link between operational industries and the academic community. The Transport iNet programme is managed by Loughborough University and funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  

Transport iNet brings together businesses, sector organisations and universities across several industries including aerospace, automotive, marine, motorsport and rail.

The collaboration of these sector specialists enables the programme to help to increase the level of innovation in the East Midlands, improve business competitiveness, margins, sustainability and growth.

 

Dynamic travel planning tools for live journeys

 

One such collaborative project involves De Montfort University in Leicester and sustainable transport specialist, Go Travel Solutions.

Although advanced journey planning tools are freely available and are generally sophisticated and flexible, when there is disruption to a particular travel network, there is often a lack of real-time, dynamic intelligence available to the commuter.

Identifying this challenge, De Montfort University and Go Travel Solutions are working together to help develop more dynamic travel planning tools for live journeys.

 

Innovative use of EC for automation of train scheduling

 

De Montfort University is a partner in a £1 million EPSRC funded programme (ECDONE) to apply Evolutionary Computation (EC) to train scheduling. EC is a branch for Computational Intelligence that seeks to apply continuous optimisation to complex and challenging problems.

De Montfort University is focused on using EC for modeling of possible applications to resolve train scheduling issues.

Go Travel Solutions is a Leicester-based small medium enterprise (SME) specialising in assisting businesses to develop people based sustainable travel solutions. The company has an excellent knowledge of business travel needs, and is investing in a range of products to promote its services and to deliver travel plans specifically to business clusters under the Smartgo brand.

Go Travel Solutions, through its existing business travel networks across Leicester and Leicestershire, will provide suitable communities with which De Montfort University can test its resulting applications.

This ERDF part-funded project will be extended to consider multi-modal travel and to include passenger journey planning using the resultant rail timetable. This will help to optimise the passenger journey, taking account of personal constraints, including time, cost and route preferences. 

 

Working in collaboration

 

Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions says: “Our experience of establishing proven business travel networks, covering many different types of local businesses, means that we have a strong platform of possible testing sites for resulting applications and can gather intelligence that may be key in the development of these solutions. By collaborating with the innovative research & development skills at De Montfort University, we aim to support the development of tools that will make journey planning cheaper, easier and more sustainable.”

 

John Frodsham, Director of Transport iNet said: “Linking small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across sectors, with universities and research centres plays a key role in building on the innovative capabilities of ambitious local businesses, and deploying established expertise within East Midlands to support strategic national priorities. We are pleased to bring together collaborators, particularly on an SME-friendly scale, to develop technologies and services for people that simplify the process of making their journeys.” 

 

Eric Goodyer, Professor of Instrumentation at De Montfort University and PI for the project said "We are delighted that the Transport iNET chose to support this collaboration between De Montfort University and Go Travel Solutions. This type of partnership helps to ensure that research is focused on current needs, and that the outputs of that research will be commercially exploited."

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Free Get Smarter Travel Forum to highlight benefits of sustainable travel for local businesses

From 2.30-4.30pm on 15 May 2014 at Holiday Inn Stevenage

Local business in the Stevenage area can get access to free advice on how they can benefit from sustainable travel at a free Get Smarter Travel Forum. The Forum will help businesses to discover how travel plans can help them to reduce pressures on car parking, cut business travel costs, promote cheaper and healthier ways to travel, reduce their carbon footprint and enhance their corporate reputation.

The Forum is part of the Smartgo Stevenage programme and will take place from 2.30-4.30pm on Thursday, 15 May 2014 at Holiday Inn Stevenage, St Georges Way, SG1 1HS. Attendees will find out how they can retain and recruit staff through cheaper and easier commuting, learn about the discounts on offer through the Smartgo Stevenage network, and hear how local businesses such as GSK and MBDA have benefited from their sustainable travel plans.

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Friars Mill,
100 Bath Lane,
Leicester,
LE3 5BJ

Our UK South Office:

Broad Quay House,
Prince Street,
Bristol,
BS1 4DJ 

 

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