Tech firm launches a journey sharing scheme

Published on 27/02/2018

A plasma technology firm based in Yatton has launched a journey sharing scheme to reduce the number of employees commuting alone, thanks to help from North Somerset Council.

Oxford Instruments has signed up to joinmyjourney, a free journey sharing website that allows employees to find colleagues who share compatible journeys by car, walking or cycling.

The website is supported by the council and funded through the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for Sustainable Travel.

To celebrate signing up to the scheme, Oxford Instruments held a prize draw and Dave Simm, test engineer at the company, was the lucky winner of a fitness tracker.

Charmyn Hall, HR Director, explained how using joinmyjourney had helped staff reduce commuting costs as well as arrive at work feeling less stressed.

“We originally joined joinmyjouney to support our obligation to cut emissions and single-occupancy car use as it complemented our sustainable travel initiatives,” she said. “One of the discoveries is that it is not just the environment that benefits.

“Friendships have been created as people travel together and we have seen stronger work relationships across functions in our business. Joinmyjourney supports the employee engagement of new people joining us, as they are impressed by the visible commitment we have to sustainability and the ease by which they can join in.”

The company has also taken other steps to reduce the reliance on cars, with the help of the council’s sustainable travel team. This has included providing an electric pool bike, cycle parking improvements and installing an electric vehicle charging point.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for transport, said: “I would encourage more employers across North Somerset to follow this example and think about ways they can encourage staff to leave their cars at home by making it easier to travel more sustainably.

“Our sustainable travel team can provide advice about simple changes businesses can make including signing up to joinmyjourney, installing bike stands and a host of other ideas.”

Businesses looking for support and advice about how employees could save money on their commute can contact the council’s sustainable travel team at sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk or visit www.joinmyjourney.org.