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Gosport residents get 'My Journey' personal travel planning

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

In a move designed to encourage more people to make use of alternative travel choices, eight specially-trained travel planning advisors will be calling on residents in the Bridgemary, Brockhurst, Camdentown and Ann's Hill areas of Gosport until the end of August.

Aiming to offer travel information and advice to up to 7,800 households, the team of personal travel advisors will be asking people to consider their daily travel options for journeys and to try taking the bus, train, walking, cycling or car sharing instead of driving.

Research has shown that Hampshire residents are keen car users - above the national average. But with the rising cost of fuel and high volumes of traffic, many people are beginning to realise the savings and benefits to their health by taking the bus or cycling.

My Journey aims to make it easier for people to work out whether their local journey in the car can be made just as conveniently by bus, bike or by car -sharing instead. Following the success of the initiative in Basingstoke - where over a third of participating residents actively made a change to their travel routines - personalised travel advice is being offered directly to residents in the Bridgemary, Brockhurst, Camdentown and Ann's Hill areas of Gosport.

The travel planning advisors will provide tailored practical help and support to individual households, including offering incentives to tempt people to try alternative ways of making local journeys. Project partners First Group and Gosport Ferry, for instance, are supplying one day and one week bus and ferry passes for people in the Gosport area who have not tried using public transport, so they can test the benefits of using the E1 and E2 Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit services and the ferry link to Portsmouth for themselves.

A new Gosport cycle map has been produced and the travel planning advisors will have copies available to give to those keen to try cycling. The travel planners will also have up to date bus and ferry timetables and information about car- sharing to leave with householders.

For more details about the Personal Travel Planning work being delivered in Gosport visit myjourneyhampshire.com The website also offers a one-stop shop for advice about the different options for travelling in Hampshire. Details of local events such as leisure cycle rides together with special offers and competitions can also be found on the web pages.

The 'My Journey' campaign is funded by the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The objectives of the Government's fund are to reduce congestion at peak times, and to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. These objectives will be met at a local level, through 'My Journey' initiatives to encourage less use of the private car and a more active lifestyle by encouraging walking, cycling, use of public transport or car sharing to travel around, particularly for local journeys.

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