Commuters are urged to ditch their vehicles

ON THE BUSES From left, Paul Barringer of Lucketts Travel and Mountbatten Centre's contract manager Danny Churcher at the launch of the Big Green Commuter Challenge.      Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111169-4)
ON THE BUSES From left, Paul Barringer of Lucketts Travel and Mountbatten Centre's contract manager Danny Churcher at the launch of the Big Green Commuter Challenge. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111169-4)
Chirk Aqueduct and railway viaduct.

Travel: Peace and quiet reigns in border country where battles once raged

0
Have your say

GIVE up your car, help save the planet and end up on a magical mystery tour.

That’s the offer from organisers of the Portsmouth area’s biggest environmental challenge.

If you use your car to get to work they want you to leave it at home for a week in May and find a less-polluting way to commute.

And now there is a chance for all those who take part to win a holiday with a Fareham travel firm.

The annual Big Green Commuter Challenge runs from May 16 to 22. And this year organiser Portsmouth City Council wants to entice more commuters than ever to switch to public transport, cycles, sharing a car or their own two feet.

The 2011 event is the ninth year the gauntlet has been thrown down,

And Amanda Morris, the council’s travel plan officer and the brains behind the scheme, said the idea was catching on.

She said the event was growing in popularity every year. Last year’s saved more miles than any of the previous challenges, with 1,078 people from 32 organisations taking part saving more than 78,500 car miles.

Among the new entrants this year is Parkwood Community Leisure, which runs the Mountbatten Centre at Stamshaw for the council.

Danny Churcher, the contract manager at the centre, said: ‘We employ 160 staff here and many of them are keen to take part for all or part of the week.

‘Some have said they will cycle to work, others will walk and some are thinking of car-sharing.’

Lucketts Travel, from Fareham, is offering a short break to a mystery destination somewhere in England on one of its coach tours, for one person who takes part.

Ms Morris said: ‘The winner will be drawn out of a hat, but if you take part for all seven days you stand seven chances of winning.’

If you or your company wants to take part go to portsmouth.gov.uk/commuterchal lenge. You have until April 16 to register.