460  Transport issues

NEWS   The Triumph of A Sustainable Transport        www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/technology_launch.shtml 

To coincide with this year's Reith Lectures, on the Triumph of Technology, BBC Radio's You and Yours asked what has been the most significant technological innovation since 1800.

From hundreds of listeners' nominations together with five experts, public voting was opened on a final 10.  The Bicycle won with a landslide 59% of votes.  Second was the transistor with only 7.8%.  Nuclear power and the communications satellite shared the last two positions, each receiving 1.1% of votes.

In the BBC's voting results list you can mouse-click on the name of each technology type, revealing a brief yet comprehensive history for each one - for example, www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/heinz_wolff.shtml  for the Bicycle.

A Department of Transport survey carried out in 1995 provides some personal travel mileage data: our average mileage per year per person was 6,511, carried out by 200 miles walking, 37 miles cycling, 800 miles on public transport and 5,474 miles in cars and other private motor vehicles.

Every steel can is 100% recyclable - 
it can be recycled over and over again into products 
like bicycles and of course new cans 

source: www.recycle-more.co.uk 

Transport for work and leisure purposes is an essential part of modern life which can be conveniently and flexibly provided by private vehicles. The advertising industry argues, quite convincingly, that car ownership enhances quality of life, can be a legitimate cause for pride, and that in a free society those who wish should be encouraged in updating regularly to the latest, more powerful, improved model. Also, since the motor manufacturing and service industries account for nearly 10 per cent of the British Gross National Product, many consider that this may be beneficial for the national economy.

Nevertheless, the figures above seem to indicate a misuse of resources and an excessive dependency on the private motor vehicle. There is also a significant downside represented by over 43,000 deaths and serious injuries (1996) from traffic accidents; continuing effects, particularly on health, of serious air pollution; occasional marine catastrophes associated with the massive global shipments of oil; unacceptable pressures on native peoples where fossil fuels are extracted; and reduced quality of life for those in the UK unable to afford a car, who remain dependent upon declining public transport services.

Following a century of technical development it seems likely that individual vehicles will continue to form a major part of transport strategy. But, especially given the likely oil price rises, it is desirable that future efforts be directed where possible towards reducing the need for road transport, reduce volumes and reduce the effects of traffic. The organisations listed attempt to do so in various ways.

Liftsharing (Liftshare, Share a Journey, Village Car Share) and Car clubs (Carplus, Smart Moves) are growing in popularity as a way to a more convenient and cheaper lifestyle, save money and help cut congestion, pollution and climate change.  The Government has produced a free resource pack to help organisations start and carry out their own Travel Plans.  More details can be found at www.local-transport.detr.gov.uk/travelplans/index.htm

BIODIESEL  For information and listings on this important developing yet controversial industry see section 13 Used vegetable oils and fats, and biodiesel

When you change your car, or part of your fleet, remember to consider fuel efficiency.  Ask for the CO2 emissions when comparing different makes and models.

Flying is the fastest rising and biggest single contributor to climate change.  To many destinations, going by train is much easier than you think.  See Man in Seat 61 listed below.

Also see

End of life vehicles (70)
Atmospheric emissions (96)
Responsible consumerism
Energy use
and climate change (450)

Alphabetical list of organisations

A to B

Tel 01963 351649 E-mail
19 West Park, CASTLE CARY, Somerset BA7 7DB

Bi-monthly magazine on alternative transport.

Aviation Environment Federation
Tel 0207 329 8159
Sir John Lyon House, 5 High Timber Street, Upper Thames Street, LONDON EC4V 3NS 

Provides information and advice on environmental issues connected with aviation.

BedZed  (Beddington Zero Energy Development)
BedZED Centre, 24 Helios Road, WALLINGTON, Surrey SM6 7BZ
Tel: 0208 404 4880   Fax 0208 404 4893
Email info@bioregional.com  Website www.bioregional.com

 A showcase, occupied, low energy design development by the BioRegional Development Group.  On-site renewable energy generation and water treatment, low impact construction materials, green transport strategy and green lifestyle package car club, cycling, recycling and composting, local food links. The free exhibition is illustrated with video presentations and architectural models and includes access to a ZED showhome. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday For a guided tour (about 2hrs, from 10 to 20 + VAT, details on website) booking is essential.  BedZED has NO visitors parking. It is recommended that visitors come by public transport.  BedZED is a living, working model of sustainability: visitors must respect the privacy of residents and businesses, so should not walk around the development unless as part of a guided tour.  Also meeting and seminar venue. The Construction Materials report describes how environmental impact was reduced by 20-30% by selecting reclaimed, recycled, local and low impact materials.  It provides a 'Toolkit' of how to achieve this environmental saving on any construction job without extra cost!   It includes energy and lifecycle analyses and environmental profiling comparisons by BRE, case studies for individual materials and cost comparisons with alternatives.  It describes how the materials were sourced, specified and used, contact details of suppliers and contractors.  It forms Part 1 of the Toolkit for Carbon Neutral Developments.   Also see entries for Bioregional in sections 14 (wood waste), 15 (wood burning), 31(paper and card), 350 (furniture & reclaimed wood products).  (Updated Nov 2002)

British Waterways Board

Tel 01923 226422 Fax 01923 22608
Willow Grange, WATFORD, Herts WD1 3QA

Statutory owner of about 2000 miles of canals and river navigations, mainly in England, responsible for managing and providing services and facilities. Although the narrow canals are important primarily for leisure use and water distribution, some 1400 miles of the system, including some broad navigations, are designated by the Transport Act 1968 for maintenance as Commercial and Cruising Waterways, and have potential for greater use as part of an integrated national transport system.

Tel 0113 234 9299  Fax 0113 242 3687 
The Studio, 32 The Calls, LEEDS,  LS2 7EW
Website www.carclubs.org.uk  Email info@carplus.org.uk 

For those not attracted to Liftshare (see below), joining a car club is an alternative to owning your own car.  Suitable for those who would like access to a car for occasional use, say two or three times a week for social or business trips; or two car families, who could substitute their second vehicle; people who have previously owned a car, but are fed up with dealing with maintenance, insurance, parking and other costs.  All it needs is one local person with enthusiasm, and a car club can be set up among neighbours, offering savings and convenience.  Carplus, a national charity promoting responsible car use, develops and services a national network of car clubs.  It can provide advice, information and support, discounted services including leasing and insurance, put you in touch with a local scheme, or hold your details in case one starts, or help you set one up.  Each car club car on the road replaces about five privately owned vehicles.  Comprehensive website with useful FAQ.  One of several case studies is Zedcars, the car club at BedZED (section 430).  (Updated Aug 2005)

Centre for Independent Transport Research
Tel 0207 247 1302 Fax 0207 247 4725
3rd Floor, Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street, LONDON E1 7SA
E-mail cilt@dial.pipex.com

CILT explores ways of encouraging greener travel, especially making public transport more accessible, efficient and safe, and promoting cycling and walking.  It is a registered charity funded by London Boroughs Grants, and undertakes consultancy and research at attractive rates.  Research reports are published and a quarterly journal "Transition" available on subscription.  Access to transport library by appointment.

Cleanaway Ltd

Tel 01277 234567 Fax 01277 230067
The Drive, Warley, BRENTWOOD, Essex CM13 3BE

A new integrated waste management facility at Cleanaway's landfill operation at Rainham, Essex, will extend its river transport operation on the Thames.  Major regeneration of the Rainham riverside will include new wetland habitats and a landscaped riverside walk.

Cyclists Touring Club (CTC)

Tel 01483 417217 Fax 01483 426994
69 Meadrow, GODALMING, Surrey GU7 3HS
Email cycling@ctc.org.uk  Website www.ctc.org.uk 

Largest national campaigning organisation for the rights and safety of cyclists. Established 1878, with network of 200 local groups. Holistic approach - activities include lobbying government, local government and businesses to plan for cyclists in the context of an integrated transport system; negotiating with railway operators for train facilities as well as ferry companies, airlines and bus and coach operators. Also monitors road improvement schemes and standards of highway maintenance. Many publications available.  (Updated Jan 2001)

Ebony Solutions / E-diesel 

Tel 01606 301 222  Fax 01606 301 320 
Email ediesel@ebony-solutions.co.uk  
Website www.ebony-solutions.co.uk 
Ebony Solutions UK, NORTHWICH, Cheshire CW8 2SX

Ebony Solutions have been manufacturing and supplying e-diesel fuel for 7 years to local authority and commercial customers.  They define e-diesel (or biodiesel) as a performance improving, clean-burning alternative to standard diesel, refined from recycled vegetable oils instead of crude petroleum.  They state e-diesel produces no net CO2 emissions, is completely bio-degradable and far less toxic than standard petroleum diesel, has far better lubricity and a higher Cetane Number, and can be used in all diesel applications without any engine modification, improving horsepower and miles per gallon.  They claim that customer feedback suggests adding just small amounts of e-diesel to conventional diesel increases lubricity, engine life and fuel efficiency.  E-diesel can be blended with conventional diesel in any concentration, blend level depending on economics and availability.  Typically, e-diesel is supplied at 100%, 20% or 5% concentrations blended with Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel.  

Four grades or blends of e-diesel are available from stock: e100 is pure biodiesel; e50 is 50% biodiesel blended with Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel; e25 is 25% biodiesel blended with Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel; e5 is 5% biodiesel blended with Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel - current prices 62p(e100)-65p(e5) per litre, excluding VAT but including UK Road Fuel Duty.  Delivery is by road tanker, minimum order 2000 litres.  Deliveries outside their local area may require a delivery charge.  

E-diesel is made from organic, new and used renewable vegetable oils, such as canola or rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, soy bean oil, peanut oil, corn oil.  Ebony wishes to hear from or about any company that can provide any of these waste oils.  Website shows detailed test results (for standard BS EN:590, and bio-diesel standard PR EN 14214).  "E-diesel has noticeably less offensive exhaust odours, a benefit in confined spaces..... equipment operators compare it to the smell of French fries."
  (Updated Feb 2004)

Electric Vehicle Association of Great
Tel / Fax 01933 276618
Alexandra House, Harrowden Road, WELLINGBOROUGH, Northants NN8 5BD

Trade association of 51 member companies promoting use of electrically propelled vehicles. Includes hybrids, which use a small, constant speed engine to charge batteries which power variable speed electric motors. The main benefit of electric vehicles is freedom from polluting emissions at point of use. A secondary benefit is greatly extended working life and significant operational cost savings through an absence of engine induced vibration.

Environmental Information Exchange
Tel   Michael Esvelt, Project Coordinator 01865 484066
Patsy Wood, Project Manager/Researcher 01865 484432
Anne Miller, Project Director 01865 483244
Fax 01865 483242 
Website www.brookes.ac.uk/eie/qtransport.htm 
BMS, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, OXFORD OX3 0BP

Initiative supported by Oxford Brookes University which promotes recycling and environmentally friendly waste management.  Useful info on website including - how to prepare travel to work plans; public transport; parking; car sharing; cycling; pedestrians; cleaner fuels and fuel efficiency; environmental improvements to cars and trucks; minimising waste; waste calculator - how to reduce waste and increase profit;  energy and water saving;  pollution;  how to create an environmental policy and why you should.  (Updated Apr 2005)

Environmental Transport Association (ETA)

www.eta.co.uk  Email joining@eta.co.uk
Tel 01932 828882  Fax 01932 829015
10 Church Street, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey KT13 8RS

Campaigning and research organisation for an environmentally sustainable British transport policy. Also provides a range of breakdown rescue and roadside assistance services for cyclists as well as motorists, for those who wish to have breakdown cover without supporting the road lobby. Produces quarterly publication 'Going Green', free to members. ETA Car Buyers Guide lists 500 models in order of 'green' rating including fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. (Updated Jan 2001)

Green Choices
Website www.greenchoices.org/transport.html  Email info@greenchoices.org 
PO Box 31617, London SW2 4FF

Free, independent, not-for-profit web guide to greener living.  Like THE WASTEBOOK, it has no products to sell or promote, only ideas and information to help people make greener choices in their day-to-day lives.  The section of the website given above has general advice on reducing  impacts on the environment through transport and travelling; there is much more on other web pages.  (Updated May 2005)

Highways Agency

Web Site
Tel 0645 556575
St Christopher House, Southwark Street, LONDON SE1 0TE

Government agency responsible for co-ordination, planning, engineering and maintenance of trunk roads. Also offers journey planning information line, 0345 504030.

Inland Waterways Association

Tel 0923 711114 Fax 01923 897000
PO Box 114, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1ZY

Charity with membership of about 20,000 through branch network, campaigning for the conservation and development of inland waterways for fuller commercial and recreational use. It supports the associated Waterway Recovery Group, organising voluntary canal working groups which undertake substantial local restoration projects.

Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice

Tel 01524 63175  Fax 01524 848340
Eco-Logica Ltd, 53 Derwent Road, LANCASTER LA1 3ES  
Email: ecologic@gn.apc.org or pascal@gn.apc.org  
Website: www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/wt_index.htm  
Editor: John Whitelegg; Business manager: Pascal Desmond

Free quarterly journal, downloadable (electronic format only).  Independent and free from commercial interests. Combines academic rigour with commitment to ideas, policies and practical initiatives to reduce global dependency on car, lorry and aircraft. Aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions, and to place a higher importance on the environment, equity and social justice than economic objectives.  (Updated Jan 2001)

Email info@liftshare.com  Website www.liftshare.com
Tel 08700 780225, or  08700 11 11 99 (call-centre, and to register a journey)  Fax 01953 453711 
Butterfly Hall, ATTLEBOROUGH, Norfolk NR17 1AB
Contact  Mr Ali Clabburn

"Every day there are 10 million empty seats on the road".  60% of cars only have one occupant.  FREE web service for UK travellers, to put people travelling to same destination in contact with each other and share travel cost.  Find drivers or passengers instantly.  Service is for all, not just commuters.  Getting rid of a second family car and taking up liftsharing can save a lot of money in purchase and upkeep, and cut congestion and pollution.  Site has information on travel and all forms of public transport, operators, traffic reports and route planners, how to set up local car sharing groups, and useful links.  Membership provides secure means of contacting fellow travellers.  Supplies unique software solutions for councils and business communities to integrate their own car share schemes, travel surveys and travel plans with others in the area increasing the effectiveness and reducing costs.  Established 1997, Liftshare now has over 85,800 members on its database, saving 18,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.  Provides car-sharing schemes to over 200 businesses and communities across UK.  Clients include IKEA, Transport for London, Airbus and many councils, some of whom actively promote car-sharing and the National Asthma Campaign for annual National Liftshare Day.  Information on how to begin and run a liftshare scheme for companies (including multi-site companies, business parks, clusters) and organisations, villages, parishes, towns, cities, counties, charities, schools, hospitals, universities, events (eg sport, music, interest groups).  Launched website to provide villages with information about car-sharing and the benefits for rural communities with poor public transport - see www.villagecarshare.com below.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Light Rail Transit Association

Tel 01452 419900 Fax 01452 419900  Email jantap@lrta.org Website www.lrta.org

Not for profit organisation based in UK, but with members throughout the world, promoting better public transport through light rail, tramway and metro systems in towns and cities world-wide.  Publishes monthly magazine Tramways & Urban Transit, free to members.  (Updated Jan 2001)

London Cycling Campaign

Tel 0207 928 7220 Fax 0207 928 2318
Unit 228, 30 Great Guildford Street, LONDON SE1 0HS

Promotes cycling as an integrated, sustainable form of transport, and campaigns for more facilities and greater safety for the cyclist.

London First

Tel 0207 665 1500
1 Hobhouse Court, Suffolk Street, LONDON SW1Y 4HH

Alliance of around 300 businesses, including some big players, dedicated to improving London's environment. It places particular importance on transport, supports moves to reduce the need for travel, and promotes cycling and walking. Joint publisher with Transport 2000 of 'Changing Journeys to Work - an employers' guide to green commuter plans'.

London sMiles
Tel 0207 435 9064
23 Menelik Road, London NW2 3RJ
E-mail: MaxAlter@compuserve.com

First overseas venture of Germany's biggest car-sharing group StattAuto is a pilot project in the London area. Members pay refundable deposit and monthly subscription. They receive a key giving access to a pool of cars a walk or short bus ride away, which can be booked by phone on an hourly basis. It is hoped that a wider, non-environmental market will listen when told how much money car-sharing can save them. Those with most to gain are the 45% of UK motorists who drive fewer than 6000 miles a year.

London Planning Advisory Committee

Tel 0207 222 2244
Artillery House, Artillery Row, LONDON SW1P 1RT

LPAC groups together individual boroughs' planning officers. Produced a State of the Environment Report for London, based on a range of sustainability indicators. Developing a waste strategy for the capital. Pays particular attention to transport issues, and tries to resolve conflicting demands of inner and outer London boroughs. Helping to develop policies to reduce the need to travel, by integrating work, residential and commercial districts. Many publications.

LILI (Low Impact Living Initiative)
Tel / Fax 01296 714184  
Email lili@lowimpact.org  Website www.lowimpact.org
Redfield Community, Buckingham Road, WINSLOW, Bucks MK18 3LZ

Non-profit organisation committed to promoting practical and sustainable alternatives to various aspects of everyday life.  Delivers biodiesel for 89p, delivered in 1000-litre containers.  Either fill a can from a tap at the bottom, or use hand pump (can be supplied) to fill vehicle directly.  Or can deliver 20x25 litre containers on a pallet - these are collected on next delivery.  More at www.lowimpact.org/productsbiodiesel.htm and other info on biofuels and veg-oil motoring.  Aims to help people understand the damage of human impact on our planet - through the way we travel, work, consume, enjoy our leisure, provide food, energy and shelter, and dispose of our waste - and how they can change aspects of their lives to reduce their impact, save money, live in a healthier, more satisfying way and improve their quality of life.  Runs residential weekend courses (150 waged, 100 unwaged) on topics such as recycling clothes and textiles, permaculture, hedge-laying, wind, solar and sustainable energy, self-build hot water, green woodworking, building with timber or strawbale, roofing, beekeeping, making biodiesel, low-impact smallholding, water and sewage, natural paints and lime, and herbal medicine.  Accommodation and food provided.  Course details and dates on website, or sign up for their email newsletter. 10 subscription brings bi-annual newsletter and discounts on courses.  Links with small manufacturers to sell green products.   Also produces 'What can you do?' information sheets, available on website, which may be printed and distributed; and a range of do-it-yourself manuals at 7.50.   - see section 13.  Has a marquee, demo solar hot water panel, and many display boards: will staff a stand at green fairs, and assist local authorities. Worked with National Energy Foundation (section 450) on government project to install solar hot water systems in 50 homes.  (Updated Sep 2005)

The Man in Seat 61
Website www.seat61.com  Email man@seat61.com 

Independent, well-organised website run free by Mark Smith, ex-British rail station manager at several London terminals, now working in government regulation of the railways.  Advice on rail travel to Europe, by country from Albania to Ukraine. Also advice and details on train journeys within UK and in many other parts of the world.  Explains how quick, easy and comfortable it is to travel overland by train.  Extremely useful for those who wish to avoid flying, for climate change reasons, or who prefer " a more civilised, comfortable, interesting, adventurous, romantic, historic and exciting way to travel".  Lists best times to travel, approximate fares to destinations throughout Europe, info on railpasses, how to take a bike or car, and booking hotels.  Many contact and enquiry details, and useful links for other foreign travel advice.   (Updated Aug 2005)

McGregor S M & Co

Tel 01869 248228 Fax 01869 248180
Station Yard, London Road, BICESTER, Oxon OX6 7BZ

Railway track renewal contractor. Purchaser of redundant track and track materials.

Natural Gas Vehicle Association

Tel 0207 388 7598 Fax 0207 355 5099
11 Berkeley Street, LONDON W1X 6BY

Association of over 50 companies and some individual members promoting the use of natural gas as a clean, economic vehicle fuel with low environmental impact.

Pedestrians Association

Tel 0207 820 1010  Fax 0207 820 1010
Email info@pedestrians.org.uk  Website www.pedestrians.org.uk 
3rd Floor, 31-33 Bondway, LONDON SW8 1SJ

Campaigning and research organisation promoting the benefits of walking for health, and making it a more pleasant experience. Aims to improve the safety and convenience of everyone on foot (not just the young and able-bodied), and encourage more people to walk. Works with government and local authorities for better pavements and crossings, less traffic and pollution, and lower traffic speeds. Produces 'Walk' magazine.  (Updated Jan 2001)

Railway Development Society

Tel 01584 890807 Fax 01584 891300

2 Clematis Cottages, Hopton Bank, Cleobury Mortimer, KIDDERMINSTER, Worcs DY14 0HF

Organisation of about 3500 members endeavouring to gain improvements to the railways as an environment friendly transport system for the future. Has a committee working on reopening disused railways. Small grants available for voluntary campaigning bodies. Produces magazine 'Railwatch', Tel 0208 985 8548, Fax 0208 985 8212, email Railwatch@argonet.co.uk, 4 Christchurch Square, London E9 7HLL.

Reclaim the Streets

Tel 0207 281 4621 E-mail
PO Box 9656, LONDON N4 4JY

Direct action network 'committed to ending the rule of the car'. Pro-walking, cycling, cheap or free public transport. 'Against cars, roads, vested interests. Not a send donation/get the mag/sit in your armchair organisation.' Encourages people to get involved in changing things through their own actions.

Tel/ Fax  01206 382207  60 High Street, WEST MERSEA, Essex CO5 8JE
Email: info@re-cycle.org  Website www.re-cycle.org
Contact Merlin Matthews, founder/president

Charity 'taking old bikes to new places'.  Will receive, but cannot collect, unwanted bicycles (millions rust in garages), and ships them to five African countries.  Requests donation towards shipping with each bike.  Will also receive old tools and parts.  Working also with Greenwich Cycling Campaign, who will receive bikes from July 2003.  It sets up workshops with local partners to teach people how to repair and maintain bikes.  In South Africa, Re-Cycle has set up a charity, Afribike, helping people save 1/4 of their income spent on transport.  In poor countries a 4-hour, 10 mile daily walk is common just for survival - to fetch water, take goods to farm, factory or market, to get to school, or act as game warden.  Bikes can make lives much easier, so people are trained to run workshops in local communities, teaching repair, maintenance and safe riding.  Many 'Cycleversity' graduates are women, who become empowering role models for students.  For a token fee people get a 2-day basic mechanics course so they can keep and look after the bike they refurbish, which then lasts for years.  South Africa has 1,000 bike pilot projects in 10 provinces, and plans 60 workshops and 1,000,000 bikes over the next ten years!  See www.afribike.org  Re~Cycle and Afribike make the 'extraBike', a simplekit device that greatly increases a bike's load capacity to carry more people (up to two adults and two children) or goods.  This makes it into a labour saving, job-creating tool suitable for tasks like carrying food and water, mobile vending and collecting recyclables. www.xtracycle.com gives details of a more expensive version for the UK. 

In the UK, Re~Cycle reduces the number of bikes landfilled.  By encouraging cycling, it cuts car pollution and congestion, and improves health. It generates income worldwide and provides environmental benefit by sellingorganic, fairly traded, recycled, reclaimed, rechargeable, long life, energy efficient, vegan, affordable items, and cheap, good quality, services including land and mobile phones, green electricity, gas and internet shopping.  'Earn a bike' scheme, with community and youth groups, churches, schools, councils and charities, provides a free bike to UK volunteers in return for 30 hours work for Re-Cycle. This gives them skills in cycle maintenance, administration, marketing, communication, time management, teamwork and relationships, as well as self-worth.  It aims to set up eight UK collection points for bikes. Sources include Royal Mail (4500 a year), old stock donated by cycle shops and manufacturers, police and lost property. UK partnerships include Tools for Self Reliance (
www.tfsr.org - see WASTEBOOK section 85), experienced in shipping, and setting up workshops overseas; Riders for Health (www.riders.org.uk ); and councils. 
(Updated Mar 2003)


Tel 0208 964 9353
PO Box 2579, LONDON NW10 3PW

Charity providing support and information to families of road traffic victims. Also campaigning for action to reduce danger on the roads. Helpline number 0208 964 1021.

Share a Journey
Email (individuals) enquiries@shareajourney.com  
Email (corporates) corporate@shareajourney.com 
Website www.shareajourney.com 
Shareajourney.com Ltd, Kesteven Business Centre, 2 Kesteven Street, SLEAFORD, 
Lincs NG34 7DT

Automated car-sharing service to match drivers and people needing a lift who belong to an organisation or company.  An organisation can sign up for the service - and schools can set up a registration for parents to use.  Suitable for commuters (great savings potential by sharing costs, whether regular or part time), occasional trips, visitors to permanent attractions, event organisers.  Help reduce congestion and pollution.  Lists safety tips for sharers, and guidelines on cost-sharing for journeys.  Corporate membership fee (cost varies y company size) entitles employees, visitors, delegates, season ticket holders or parents of pupils to register individually and use the service free.  If your organisation could benefit, contact an appropriate person eg Travel Co-ordinator, Human Resources Manager, Environmental Manager, Communications or Marketing Manager.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Smart Moves
Tel 01484 483061
Website www.smartmoves.co.uk 

City car club operating in London, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Huddersfield and Edinburgh.  Contact service to help you find your nearest scheme.  Information and advice on setting up a car club.  Once you're a member it's quick and easy to book and use a car, parked in reserved bays close to homes and workplaces.  Enjoy the freedom of a car when you need one, without the hassle and overheads of a car when you dont.  Join online.  100 deposit, 100 insurance excess.  Low user membership rate 5 per month, standard 15.  Book a car from as short a time as an hour, to as long as you like, on-line or by phone, then just pay per hour for the time the car is in use and for fuel per miles driven.  Congestion charge added to monthly bill if in London. Cars 5-door, less than three years old, meet latest European fuel efficiency standards.  Useful FAQ.  (Updated Aug 2005)

STEER (Sustainable Transport & Environment for the Eastern Region)
Tel 01603 504563 / 01502 716961  Email (newsletter) johnbrodribb@yahoo.com 
213 College Road, NORWICH NR2 3JD

Umbrella organisation holding regular meetings throughout Anglia region to provide an opportunity for local transport campaigning groups (current membership 40 groups) to consider transport in an integrated and holistic way.  Sets up working groups to take forward particular issues within this framework.  (Updated Jan 2001)


Tel 0117 926 8893  Fax 0117 929 4173
35 King Street, BRISTOL BS1 4DZ

Practical charity, designing and building traffic-free paths for cyclists and walkers in and between urban areas, linking schools, shops and countryside. An 8000 mile continuous route National Cycle Network will pass through urban centres, reaching all parts of the UK.. Half will be traffic free, using disused railway corridors, towpaths, riversides etc, and half on traffic calmed or minor roads, providing a safe, high quality network for cyclists, walkers and disabled people. The Millennium Fund, together with local authorities and other partners, are providing major assistance, but individual supporters and volunteers are also needed. Legacy income from bequests also welcome.

TCA (The Telework Association)

Tel 0800 616 008  Fax 01453 836174
Email  tca@ruralnet.org.uk  Website www.tca.org.uk 
WREN Telecottage, Stoneleigh Park, National Agricultural Centre, Warwickshire CV8 2RR
Contact: Sue Lewis

A commuter can spend half a day getting to work and back.  It's wasteful, expensive and has environmental impact.  TCA is Europe's largest organisation promoting teleworking and supplying  information, ideas and advice to large companies and individual freelance teleworkers alike.  A not-for-profit company with about 2000 members (34.50 per annum), it produces a comprehensive guide, The Teleworking Handbook; a weekly email bulletin to members; and bi-monthly magazine.  Potential for progress is shown by an RAC Foundation report, Motors and Modems Revisited, which claims that in five years: teleworking could cut commuter traffic by up to 10%; video & audio conferencing could cut business travel by up to 3%; use of  IT could cut lorry journeys by up to 16%; teleshopping could reduce car shopping trips by 5%; and benefits to the economy in reduced congestion costs could be 1.3 billion by 2005.  Transport Research Laboratory research suggests the main reasons for teleworking are quality of life, reduced commuting time, employee flexibility and office space for employees.  BT estimates conferencing has saved it 150 million business miles in a year.  (Updated Jan 2001)

Transport 2000

Tel 0207 613 0743  Fax 0207 613 2580
Email join@transport2000.demon.co.uk 
The Impact Centre,12-18 Hoxton Street, LONDON N1 6NG

Campaigns for policy to meet transport needs with minimal effect on environment, health and natural resources. This includes: reducing road traffic, improving public transport, co-ordinating rail and bus services, encouraging walking and cycling, maximising use of rail and water for freight, reducing traffic casualties and pollution, promoting non-car dependent development accessible easily on foot, by bike or public transport, public transport investment to be assessed on equal basis with roads, an end to company car tax relief, and an end to new road building which generates more traffic.  Supporters (min 6) receive two bulletins a year, and bi-monthly magazine 'Transport Retort' magazine for 24.  Publications include 'Changing Journeys to Work - an Employers' Guide to Green Commuter Plans'. (Updated Jan 2001)

Transport Research & Information Network
Tel 01484 665273 Fax 01484 666974 E-mail train@mcr1.poptel.org.uk
6 School Lane, Berry Brow, HUDDERSFIELD, West Yorks HD4 7LT

Specialist research and consultancy in developing local and regional railways. Expertise in community based rail partnerships; passenger, freight and new station studies; transport policy and planning; line reopenings; organisation of and participation in transport conferences; bus, light rail, cycling, walking, traffic calming and heritage projects. Publishes quarterly 'TR&IN Times' newsletter. Co-ordinates Community Rail Partnerships, a new networking body aiming to develop positive relationships with the railway industry and government agencies to develop and promote quality local rail services for passengers and freight on existing and new routes.

Travel for Work 
Tel 01223 712 429  Fax 01223 717 733
Website www.tfw.org.uk  Email mark@tfw.org.uk
Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall Site, Castle Court Building (Room B313), CAMBRIDGE CB3 OAP
Contact  Mark Webb, TFW Development Manager 

Runs several different travel schemes including car sharing, which can save the average commuter over 1000 a year.  Has achieved a significant drop in drive-alone cars, and increased cycling, car share, bus use and walking.  Helps 57 member employers in Cambridgeshire reduce car use and travel costs for the organisation and staff, to reduce traffic congestion and create a better environment and quality of life.  If all who drive to work left their car at home one day a week, that's a 20 % reduction in road traffic - the same as school holidays when roads are much quieter.  This helps the economy, and helps retain staff by improving the quality of their working life.  Linked schemes include Cambridge car share scheme www.camshare.info ; Toolkit for teleworking www.tfw.org.uk/teleworking .  See also TCA (The Telework Association) above.   (Updated May 2004)


Web Site

Global cycling network listing many cycling groups, information and activities.

Village Car Share
Tel 08700 780225
Website www.villagecarshare.com  Email  imogen@liftshare.com 
Liftshare.com, Butterfly Hall, ATTLEBOROUGH, Norfolk NR17 2LH
Contact  Miss Imogen Martineau, Projects Officer

This is not just for villages - it is also for public and private sector organisations as well as informal groups - see below.  But it was originally set up for villages, as people living in villages can suffer social exclusion.  Not everyone has access to a car and buses are often non-existent.  A village car sharing scheme reduces travel costs, provides access to destinations such as a workplace, shops, doctor and school, and reduces congestion and pollution.  It can benefit older people, young people, those on a low income or unemployed, those seeking training, and those in a market town.  Many thousands offering or wanting lifts are already registered - currently 85,000.  The website (or a phone call) can quickly put people in touch with others making a similar journey at a similar time.  It also provides information about setting up, promoting and funding a scheme, or a group.  It need not be a village - it could be a company, school, university, hospital, location (eg housing estate, business park, industrial estate) or activity (eg people interested in classical music or sports). Brief details online of many examples including companies - most have their own logo!  Useful FAQ page.  Offshoot of Liftshare - see www.liftshare.com above.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Waterway Recovery Group

Tel 0207 586 2510
WRG, 114 Regent's Park Road, LONDON NW1 8UQ

Registered charity carrying out restoration work on inland waterways.