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Havering businesses pushed to travel green

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:12 05 October 2015

Businesses in Havering are encouraged to promote cycling and electric cars among their staff to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Businesses in Havering are encouraged to promote cycling and electric cars among their staff to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

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Businesses are encouraged to adopt more eco-friendly ways of travelling to help the borough achieve better levels of air quality and improve residents’ well-being.

Martin Day, from Havering Council’s Smarter Travel Team, pushed businesses to consider using electric vehicles and cycling as alternative ways to travel at a meeting organised by leader of Havering Council Cllr Roger Ramsey on Thursday.

Cllr Ramsey said: “Traffic is building up so much on our roads and I think these alternatives are the way things are moving and we should encourage that.

“Air quality is a hot topic now and with increasing population in London it is going to get worse.”

Overall, air pollution in Havering is below the regulatory threshold for London but there are pockets around transport links where pollution levels sometimes reach higher levels.

Cllr Ramsey stressed the importance of encouraging parents to walk or cycle to school to reduce traffic congestion and avoid parking problems around the borough.

He said: “There has been a drop in the number of parents driving to schools through the council’s programme but having more we can do to encourage parents not to drive to school is good.”

A sustainable travel pack, funded by the Mayor of London’s air quality fund, was distributed and guest speakers from TfL’s business engagement team and Nissan’s electric car department presented free cycling services. The pack promoted Havering Council’s use of apps such Stravel, which monitors daily travel and airTEXT, which enables people and businesses to get updates on air quality levels in the borough.

More information is available at havering.gov.uk/businesstravel

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