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Funding for sustainable travel

A cycle skills training session at UCB

The council’s sustainable transport team, Better by… is awarding funding to Slough organisations to help them set up environmentally friendly initiatives.

Organisations can apply to receive match funding, which can be used on anything to help employees travel more sustainably, such as cycle parking, electric vehicle charging, sustainable travel events, staff bikes and more.

Wexham Park Hospital, which received £10,067, has used the money to offer electric vehicle chargers for its new e-car fleet, which are available for staff use.

The fleet will help the hospital reduce its carbon footprint, while enabling employees to use alternative modes of transport to get to work; where they might have otherwise relied on their own car for work related travel.

UCB, which was awarded £1,260, used its funding to deliver cycle skills training for its employees.

The aim of the cycle training sessions was to teach employees how to cycle on the road properly, while demonstrating how easy cycling can be once they had gained a bit of confidence.

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “It’s great to see organisations already benefiting from this funding and being proactive about finding more environmentally friendly ways for their staff to travel.

“The Better By…programme is all about educating residents and businesses about the small steps they can take towards more sustainable travel and I would urge other groups to apply for funding.”

These activities are part of the wider Better by… campaign.

For more information and to find out if your organisation could be eligible, email anton.deacon@slough.gov.uk or visit the BetterBy web pages.

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