A survey has revealed that the average of age Virgin Trains East Coast stock was 29.3 years – the third highest – while Govia Thameslink Railway followed in fourth with an average of 28.9 years.

Merseyrail topped the poll with a 36.3 average, while London Overground’s 4.7 was the lowest.

In response, a Virgin Trains spokesman said: “We are investing £140 million in improvements over the lifetime of the franchise which we took over in March this year.

“Last week we announced a £16m contract to fit 35 newly refurbished diesel engines on our oldest fleet, our high speed trains. The introduction of 65 new Super Express trains from 2018 will replace our current fleet.”

On 8th October 2015 Go Travel Solutions hosted an East Midlands Regional meeting of Act Travelwise, the UK’s association for sustainable travel and behavioural change professionals. The meeting included a showcase on Smartgo – with presentations from Go Travel Solutions (the co-ordinators of Smartgo) and Smartgo Leicester employer members De Montfort University, Leicester College and Pick Everard. The presentations reflected the successes and barriers experienced by them as employers in developing sustainable travel and their view on how Smartgo had assisted them as employers and their staff.

Slides from De Montfort University, Go Travel Solutions and Pick Everard are available for download.


scoots1New partnership between Scoots and Go Travel Solutions will offer up to 62 per cent off new moped and motorcycle equipment

Scoots, the Wheels 2 Work Charity in Hertfordshire, has formed a new partnership with specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions. The partnership will provide local employers and their staff with access to discounts on new moped and motorcycle equipment worth up to £112 per person through the Smartgo Stevenage travel network.

Scoots helps people in Hertfordshire over the age of 16, via the hire of a 50/125cc moped or motorcycle, to help them travel to work or on education placements. New and existing employers in the Smartgo Stevenage network will receive discounts on equipment including helmets, jackets, gloves, rain trousers and high vis clothing.

Herfordshire Chamber of Commerce members gain free members into Smartgo Stevenage. If you are a Herfordshire Chamber of Commerce member, you and your staff have access to a range of travel discounts on offer through the network. To view the discounts, see the Smartgo benefits poster for Herfordshire Chamber of Commerce members.

The inaugural Ride to Work Week Hertfordshire in early September was well received, with 30 organisations signing up and 166 employees logging rides. Stevenage employers that did well in their size category included GSK and St Margaret Clitherow School. A summary of the results can be seen at http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/transtreets/ltplive/lstf/bhbibus1/latestnews/

It’s Liftshare Week from Monday 5th – 11th October, a great opportunity to promote car sharing in your place of work.

Help reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint, free up some valuable parking space and help employees save wear and tear on their cars. Anyone working in Hertfordshire can join www.hertsliftshare.com free of charge and find matches with people doing similar journeys. If larger businesses wish to set up a private Liftshare scheme for their employees, please let us know.


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