21st Oct, 2017

Electric cars on track for Stratford Parkway

Stratford Editorial 4th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ELECTRIC cars will be available to hire from Stratford Parkway as part of a 12-month trial.

Plans are for residents, local businesses and tourists to have access to two vehicles beginning at some point before next April.

The project has been announced by Warwickshire County Council after it was awarded Department for Transport funding.

Residents wishing to take advantage of the scheme will be given a ‘smart card’ to access the cars. Bookings can be made online or over the phone.

The car can then be collected and once returned users will be charged for the time they have used.

The project could be expanded across the county if the trial is successful.

The £92,000 government funding will also be used to bring a series of free bike rides to Warwickshire, in partnership with British Cycling and Sky.

Hundreds took part in last year’s Sky Ride Local programme, designed to make residents aware of the cycle infrastructure available in their local area.

And the money also means an additional 1,000 households will be visited by the council’s travel advisors this year.

They aim to encourage people to re-think their mode of travel and promote walking, cycling, trains and buses as alternatives to cars.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “These successful schemes have changed how people travel, with communities now making healthier and greener choices.

“Dozens of great projects have been delivered already under this fund and I’m glad we’ve been able to support more.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/travel to plan journeys around Warwickshire.

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