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Grants help businesses ease car park pressure and cut congestion

Grants are now available for businesses in Crewe and Nantwich to help staff to walk and cycle to work, or use the bus or train.

The grants are aimed at helping local businesses to ease pressure on workplace car parks and cut congestion.

Funding could be used to build secure bike shelters, lockers or showers – to encourage staff to cycle to work. Improvements could also include signs, footpaths and new lighting on business premises  – or employers could apply for funding to set up a car sharing scheme or to subsidise bus travel.

Funding has come from the Department of Transport’s Sustainable Travel Transition Year (STTY) initiative. The fund aims to promote walking, cycling and public transport use – with a focus on helping people access skills, training and employment opportunities.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and Infrastructure, said: “These grants will benefit local businesses looking to reduce the number of journeys their employees make by car. Reducing congestion around business premises and easing pressure on car parking spaces is a win-win for companies.

“It can help improve staff health and wellbeing, resulting in reduced sickness absence, have a positive impact on recruitment and retention rates and boost productivity. Reducing car use will also help our firms to create a more welcoming environment for visitors and customers.”

How to apply

 

Update: February 2017. Please note the deadline for applications for this grants programme has now passed. We will be announcing details of successful applicants shortly.