Why Portsmouth businesses could get £2,000 to promote green travel

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BUSINESSES in Portsmouth could benefit from a cash boost of up to £2,000 from the council to promote green travel.

It is thought the Workplace Sustainable Travel Fund will encourage employees to walk or cycle to work with the money provided for new equipment such as bike storage and lockers as well as improving existing facilities like showers.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, the council's transport boss, said: 'The most significant source of air pollution in Portsmouth is from road traffic, whether that's from people travelling to and from work, shopping, dropping children at school or from businesses making essential trips and deliveries.

'I'm really pleased that this funding will allow us to help small businesses to promote more sustainable travel to employees, for their daily commute or for business trips. As well as supporting our aim of improving local air quality, this scheme offers great benefits for employees' health and wellbeing.'

The money has come as part of a £450,000 air quality grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra).

Businesses have until October 11 to apply and will be notified a week later if successful.