Letting someone else concentrate on the driving means individuals can work or rest en-route and arrive fresher and better prepared. In this section, find out more about the benefits of using public transport and how to encourage greater use of buses and trains. Scotland's Public Transport network
Scotland's public transport network is improving all the time, with dedicated bus lanes, express intercity bus services and new and improved rail services offering fast, reliable and less polluting ways to travel.
Going by rail
New train services and even brand new lines and stations have opened with more to come in future. On many trains, you'll find at-seat power points and Wi-Fi access - great for business travellers - while passenger facilities at stations are improving too. Park it, bus it
Park and Ride schemes are being built across Scotland, making it easier for car users to catch public transport into our cities. That means we all benefit from less congestion and faster bus journeys on routes that need fewer vehicles as a result and therefore cause less pollution.
Buses themselves increasingly provide improved facilities such as Wi-Fi access, comfortable seats, real-time journey information at some bus stops and better accessibility. Why encourage use of Public Transport?
Public transport is often quicker and cheaper than using a car - especially in congested urban areas where parking is limited. Because it causes less pollution and congestion, greater use of public transport has benefits for the environment and our communities too. The benefits to business of using public transport
For businesses and other organisations, developing a culture of preferring public transport to car use can help:
lower business travel costs
reduce the need for expensive parking lots
increase productivity by enabling staff to work en-route
demonstrate commitment to protecting the environment
Improving access to your premises by public transport can also help enlarge the pool of available labour and get more customers through your doors.
The health and environmental benefits of using Public Transport If more people use public transport, we can:
reduce noise pollution
cut exhaust emissions
Public Transport and your Travel Plan
Tailored to the specific needs of your organisation, staff, clients and visitors, Travel Plans are integrated packages of measures that you design to promote more sustainable transport choices for your staff, visitors and suppliers.
Formalising a Travel Plan for your organisation will help you get the maximum benefit from encouraging more people to use public transport.
How to encourage use of Public Transport?
Many measures that promote the use of public transport have other benefits and can make your organisation a more attractive place to work for all employees. Find out here how to encourage greater use of public transport among your staff and about tax breaks available to help you do so.
Easy ways to encourage use of Public Transport
Stuck in cars, it's easy for us to forget how much more pleasant public transport can be than shuffling through traffic. Many people only need a little encouragement to leave the car at home. You can make this choice easier by considering availability of public transport options when arranging meetings.
Promote the benefits of Public Transport
It's always worth reminding staff that, if they take the bus or the train, they could spend the time doing other things, like reading or relaxing or preparing for meetings. Provide information on Public Transport to and from your premises Make information on local bus and train services easily accessible by placing timetables and route maps on notice boards and by including bus and rail links in 'how to find us' information in company brochures and websites.
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