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Will provide focus on sustainable travel planning for up to 4,000 staff and tenants on main University campus

Loughborough University has signed a corporate partnership agreement with sustainable transport specialist consultancy, Go Travel Solutions to focus on providing sustainable travel choices for up to 4,000 staff and tenants at its 438-acre single-site campus.

Loughborough University is looking to develop a range of measures to reduce the need for car travel to the campus. These include assessing the opportunity to develop a new bike hire scheme, measures to encourage journey sharing and more discounts and incentives for choosing sustainable travel. Go Travel Solutions will work with Loughborough University to support the development of these initiatives, not just for the benefit of Loughborough University staff but also the increasing number of businesses that are operating from the University campus.  

Leicester has submitted a bid for a major programme to develop Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) hubs.

Leicester City Council and Leicester-based sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions, have successfully progressed through the Expression of Interest stage. A full application has now been submitted to apply for a share of the £500,000 funding that the Department for Transport has made available for cities, rural areas and tourism hotspots in England, outside of London, to develop shared Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) hubs.

Study commissioned by Reaching People partnership identifies five key recommendations for key local community transport providers to improve services.

A recent survey of the key community transport providers in Leicester has identified five key recommendations to develop and improve local services through more effective collaboration. 

The recommendations focus on sharing journeys, sharing vehicles, sharing skills, sharing recruitment, and sharing as a network. The aim of the recommendations is to improve co-ordination of the services that community transport providers and community groups provide for the hundreds of people who use the services each year in the city.

Will support major sustainable travel projects in the south of England

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Kristine Bloor as its new Project Manager, based at the company’s UK South office in Bath. 

Go Travel Solutions is a specialist sustainable travel consultancy, working on a range of major transport and community-based projects in the south of England and throughout the UK. These projects and networks are helping to make local travel cheaper, easier and more sustainable for workplaces and communities.

In her new role, Kristine will be responsible for supporting projects based in the south of England. She will also plan and deliver stakeholder engagement, and the logistical management of diverse project teams for the company.

Employee Forum Chairman at Volkswagen Financial Services to chair local workplace travel network

Richard Scott has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Smartgo Milton Keynes workplace travel network. Richard is also Employee Forum Chairman at Volkswagen Financial Services and replaces the former Chair, Andrew Bannister from Volkswagen Group.

Volkswagen Financial Services is a member of the Smartgo network, along with other major local employers including AG Barr, Milton Keynes City Centre Management, Milton Keynes Council, Network Rail, Red Bull Technology, Santander, The Open University, Transport Systems Catapult and Volkswagen Group.

The government wants the UK to become a world leader in driverless technology.

It will publish a code of practice in the spring which will allow the testing of autonomous cars to go ahead.

Self-drive pods that will be tested in Milton Keynes and Coventry are unveiled for the first time.

The government promised a full review of current legislation by the summer of 2017.

That review will consider whether a higher standard of driving should be demanded of automated vehicles.

There has been a 'remarkable surge' in demand for ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK, with sales of plug-in hybrid cars increasing four-fold in 2014. 

New annual figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) - including electric cars and hybrids - rose by 58% last year, with 51,739 new AFVs registered. 

Pictured (L-R) in the attached image are: Robin Pointon (Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions), Neil Fulton (Programme Director for the Automated Transport Systems Business Unit at The Transport Systems Catapult), and Andrew Bannister (Chairman of Smartgo Milton Keynes and Group Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Volkswagen Group UK)

National Intelligent Mobility organisation joins Smartgo Milton Keynes Steering Group.

A stretch of glow-in-the-dark road markings has been installed in the Netherlands after being proposed as one of several "smart highway" features that could be put to wide use.

Route 66 of the Future uses special green paint, charged by daylight.

It is designed to be clearer than existing cat's eye reflective spheres.

Its creators are also due to test glow-in-the-dark cycle lanes, which they said had already attracted the interest of UK planners.

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