• Passengers to benefit from free, fast mobile internet connection

• Further mainline stations to roll-out service in the autumn

• First eleven stations now equipped with WiFi technology; Alfreton, Boston, Chesterfield, Derby, Hinckley, Long Eaton, Melton Mowbray, Narborough, Sheffield, Skegness and Sleaford


Smartgo Leicester launch 2A major new business travel network has been launched in Leicester to provide local employers and their staff with a range of options for business travel and commuting. Smartgo Leicester - previously known as Smarter Travel Leicester and led by Go Travel Solutions with support from local partners - will deliver cheaper, easier and more sustainable travel programmes for member organisations in and around Leicester.

The new Smartgo Leicester programme was launched to existing and potential members on 18 September 2013 at the Highcross Management Suite in Leicester. The Smarter Travel Leicester business travel network, now Smartgo Leicester, is one of the largest in the UK with over 55 employer members representing almost 50,000 staff. Smarter Travel Leicester has been supported by many organisations including Arriva, East Midlands Trains, Highcross, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce. In September 2013, Smartgo Stevenage will also be launched with other UK schemes set to follow.

(from L-R): John Day from Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Smith from Leicester City Council and Alastair Hamilton from Pick Everard join Robin Pointon from Go Travel Solutions (front) with the results of the paint spinning bikes at the Smartgo Leicester launch event.


On 16 July, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, published “Action for Roads – a network for the 21st century”.

The paper follows the Spending Round, and provides further detail on road investment, including the announcement that the Highways Agency will become a publically owned company with six year funding certainty for capital projects and maintenance.

The package also includes an additional £500 million of capital investment for the period 2015-2020 to support the UK ultra-low emission vehicle industry, intended to support UK jobs as well as decarbonise road transport and improve air quality.

The report can be downloaded here and press release here.

Source:Energy Savings Trust

Eurostar £59 return sale (usually up to £309)

Travel 30 Sep - 19 Dec from London, Ashford. Excludes half-term.

From Thursday 5th September, if you book online at Eurostar to pay £59 for a standard return ticket to Paris, Brussels, Calais or Lille for journeys between Mon 30 Sep - Thu 19 Dec (excluding half-term).

Tickets usually range from £69, but can run into the hundreds, so this is a cracker if you can find them. The offer's on until Mon 16 Sep. Eurostar says there will be 75,000 returns available, but we reckon it's best to book early as these get snapped up quickly. Your ticket also gives you 2for1 entry to museums and galleries at your destination.

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.



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