Go Travel Solutions

Go Travel Solutions

Go Travel Solutions

Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough Project

Project Manager


Cliff Jones

Project Client


Gloucestershire County Council

Challenge - what was the primary challenge or set of challenges facing the client? What was the business case for change?

With up to 30,000 households and numerous community groups in Gloucester and Churchdown and ahead of a time of significant highway works, Gloucestershire County Council identified a need to provide excellent and timely travel choice information for local residents. 

New Lunchtime Shuttle Bus Service to be Launched in Milton Keynes

For up to 1,700 staff at Tilbrook business estate, running to Kingston retail centre 

A new lunchtime shuttle bus service will be launched on Monday 28 April 2014 to enable up to 1,700 staff at the Tilbrook business estate in Milton Keynes to travel to the nearby Kingston retail centre. The new service is an initiative of the Tilbrook Travel Hub and will provide an easy and sustainable travel option for staff to reduce car use during the day.

Travel on service 51 will cost £2 return, will run between 12 noon and 2pm every 20 minutes, and is being run by bus company Z&S Transport. The Tilbrook scheme is co-ordinated by sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions as part of its Smartgo Milton Keynes initiative and is supported by a number of local businesses on the Tilbrook estate including Red Bull Technology, Trek UK, T-Systems, PPSGB, Kingston Foods and Sansetsu.

Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough

Project Manager

 

Cliff Jones

Project Client

 

Gloucestershire County Council

 

Challenge - what was the primary challenge or set of challenges facing the client? What was the business case for change?

 

With up to 30,000 households and numerous community groups in Gloucester and Churchdown and ahead of a time of significant highway works, Gloucestershire County Council identified a need to provide excellent and timely travel choice information for local residents. 

 

Personalised Travel Planning is aimed on a practical level at informing travellers and minimising any disruption, but also provides an opportunity to offer advice on public transport promotions as well as the alternative and sustainable mode choices available to residents.

 

What special value do Go Travel Solutions bring?

 

Together with other project consortium members, Go Travel Solutions demonstrated a unique and innovative approach to Personalised Travel Planning. 

 

The experience and expertise offered by the consortium meant that the project was confidently and effectively able to promote sustainable transport modes other than the single occupancy private car.

 

Who were the stakeholders?

 

Gloucestershire County Council, Harris Ethical, Integrated Transport Planning

 

Client testimonial

 

“We are pleased to be working with Go Travel Solutions on such an important project and look forward to seeing a real change in residents’ attitudes and their knowledge of sustainable travel options.”

Thomas Evans; LSTF Project Officer, Gloucestershire County Council

 

Partner testimonials 

 

The contract is delivered by a consortium of specialist transport consultancies, led by Go Travel Solutions and Harris Ethical. 

 

Jon Harris of Harris Ethical said:

 

“We are delighted to be a part of this important project, helping local people make real choices about how they get around and working closely with Parish Councils, residents associations and other community groups to make this programme relevant, real and easy to do.”

 

 The project was independently evaluated by Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. Jon Parker from Integrated Transport Planning said:

 

“It is great to take an independent role in evaluating the project outcomes, and adding to the knowledge base about the effectiveness of such community based approaches to travel behaviour change.”

 

 

learndirect is working with sustainable travel consultancy Go Travel Solutions Ltd to recruit and train Travel Advisor staff

Go Travel Solutions Ltd, Gloucester and Tewkesbury

"learndirect has made the process of recruiting and training staff really smooth and pain free."

learndirect is working with sustainable travel consultancy Go Travel Solutions Ltd to recruit and train Travel Advisor staff for the Thinktravel personalised travel plan programme. The programme will run in Gloucester and Tewkesbury Borough during 2014 and Go Travel Solutions Ltd turned to learndirect to help provide the right candidates for the job.

Director Cliff Jones said:

"One of our key aims in this project has been to help the long term unemployed and people with disabilities in the local area to get back into work. We wanted to improve their career prospects and stimulate the local economy."

In collaboration with supply chain partner TCV, learndirect has provided a full service to make this a reality - from recruiting potential candidates to delivering customer service training prior to them starting work. 

Reducing car pollution easier than UN experts thought

An article in BBC News highlights that UN experts say they underestimated the gains car makers have made in fuel efficiency, but a huge expected increase in global traffic may outweigh this. Some of the article can be found below:

 

Reducing pollution from cars has been cheaper and easier than UN experts thought, a draft report says.

The UN's climate panel has admitted it underestimated the huge gains in weight and fuel efficiency achieved by car manufacturers.

But the panel says all the improvements will be swamped by the future growth in global traffic.

That is unless governments improve public transport, tax motorists and plan cities for walking and cycling.

The report, seen by BBC News, warns that transport will become the biggest source of CO2 emissions unless politicians act firmly.

Car sharing set for boom

Good to see mention of our business travel network, Smartgo Milton Keynes featured in Fleet News. Below is some of the text taken from the Fleet News article. 

To read entire article, click here.

 

Go Travel Solutions has launched travel planning schemes in Leicester and Stevenage, with its latest initiative unveiled in Milton Keynes last week.

Smartgo is a partnership between local employers, travel providers and the public sector offering travel discounts, a workplace travel assessment and travel planning.

Membership rates start from £25 per year for up to 25 employees and the schemes in Leicester and Stevenage currently serve 70,000 staff from 70 companies. 

Earn rewards for travelling sustainably with new challenge

An online tool that aims to incentivise sustainable travel is being launched by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council. The LeicesterShire Sustainable Travel Challenge (STC) lets users earn Stravel Points in relation to the miles they travel by walking, cycling, running, using public transport or car sharing.  The Stravel Points can then be redeemed for exclusive offers and discounts from local retailers.

As well as aiming to reduce the carbon footprint across Leicester and Leicestershire while promoting healthier lifestyles, LeicesterShire STC will support local businesses by promoting their offers and services to residents across the region.

Nine tips for councils looking to take the lead on sustainable transport

Nine tips for councils looking to take the lead on sustainable transport | Featured in The Guardian

Here are some points outlined in the article:

  • What sustainable transport options are available?

"As long as we build more roads and more car parks and encourage large new traffic generating developments we will make things worse. If we look around the world we can see excellent examples of what does work – Portland (Oregon) has trams and high quality public realm; Freiburg (Germany) has excellent walking and cycling facilities." 

– John Whitelegg

Hazel Ho joins Go Travel Solutions

To support major sustainable travel projects in the south of England including Gloucestershire, Bristol and Plymouth

Bath-based specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions has appointed Hazel Ho as its new Project Coordinator. Hazel will be responsible for supporting major sustainable travel projects in Gloucestershire, Bristol and Plymouth, as well as stakeholder engagement and business development.

Hazel will be based at Go Travel Solutions’ new UK South office at the University of Bath Innovation Centre and her appointment increases the company’s core team to six across its two UK offices in Bath and in the Midlands at the Innovation Centre in Leicester. Prior to joining Go Travel Solutions, Hazel has worked in a number of marketing, PR and business development roles for businesses including Application Craft, Dodify and Marcom PR. 

Kristine Bloor | Project Manager

Kristine is based in the UK South office and is responsible for supporting projects based in the south of England. She also plans and delivers stakeholder engagement, and the logistical management of diverse project teams for the company.

Kristine's personal interests include travelling around the world, a love of different cultures, food and people, plus local bands, music and festivals.

Get in touch with Kristine on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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Our UK Midlands/ registered Office:

Go Travel Solutions 

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

Our UK South Office:

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

 

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