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North Yorkshire council launches business travel plans service

A Yorkshire council has announced that it is launching a service to help businesses make free travel plans for staff.

North Yorkshire County Council is offering help to companies in the area to create travel plans to support cycling or walking to work.

The goal is to reduce congestion and pressure on parking spaces, improve air quality and benefit employees’ health and wellbeing.

Individuals can also request personalised journey plans that will show active ways of getting to work.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for Access, said: “This is another way in which we are supporting businesses and their employees across the county, providing solutions for people at a very local level.

“We hope people will find travel plans particularly useful at the moment as many have to adopt new ways of working or take up new roles as we adapt to life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our service may be able to help with solutions that make social distancing easier or that support flexible working.

“The benefits of more active travel can be wide-ranging. For example, for businesses, an active workforce is likely to be healthier and more productive and a plan can help to reduce a business’s impact on the environment and shows commitment to the community.

“For individuals, it could save time and money and help them to get fitter on their journey to work.”

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