Travel champions recognised at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 16:12 14 December 2018

Liz Mapstone and Christin Hoffmann from North Somerset Council with their travel award.

Liz Mapstone and Christin Hoffmann from North Somerset Council with their travel award.

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Organisations in North Somerset have walked away with accolades at a prestigious travel awards ceremony.

The Travelwest awards recognise organisations and businesses in the West of England whose commitment to sustainable travel makes them stand out.

North Somerset Council received a silver accreditation for its travel plan, with a mention of its fleet of electric cars which make up nearly half of the authority’s vehicles.

Worle Community School won the most improved medium-sized workplace and the sustainable travel champion award was given to the school’s assistant business manager, Neill Bird.

The school has improved its cycle parking, launched a journey sharing platform and provided staff discounts for rail and bus travel.

Mr Bird said: “I would recommend other businesses getting involved in the scheme.

“Because of the support I received from North Somerset Council’s sustainable travel and road safety team, it was neither difficult or costly to implement the initiatives that have been introduced at Worle Community School.

“I would therefore encourage other businesses to consider doing the same in order to achieve numerous benefits.”

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for sustainable travel added: “Congratulations to all nominees and award winners.

“It’s great to see companies dedicated to the important work of reducing car journeys and tackling congestion, which result in health and environmental benefits.

“We are very proud that local businesses have been recognised by these awards, putting North Somerset on the map.”

Eat:Festivals also received highly commended in the best motivational campaign.

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