Hospital staff in Sheffield ditch their cars

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Nearly 400 members of staff at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield have pledged to ditch their cars in favour of public transport for a month.

The Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust employees have agreed to use buses, trams and trains for 28 days in a bid to reduce congestion and improve local air quality.

The Busboost scheme, which is aimed at staff who usually drive to work, encourages employees to leave their car at home and in return enjoy nearly a month’s free travel throughout the county, on any bus, tram or train.

Simon Morritt, Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be involved and the response from our staff has been fantastic.

“With limited car parking spaces available around the hospital we wanted to make people aware of the alternative travel options available to them.

“The Busboost scheme is a perfect opportunity to see whether public transport can work for our staff without the initial cost element.”

David Young, Interim Director General of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “We’ve received a tremendous response from the Sheffield Children’s Hospital with many staff committed to taking part in the Busboost initiative.

“The scheme has been a resounding success with over 11,500 people taking part since its launch in February 2013.

“We aim to widen the sustainable travel options available to help people access work opportunities, support economic growth and reduce congestion and carbon dioxide emissions.”

The scheme is delivered by Inmotion!, a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils.

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