Grassroutes, the Adastral Park travel plan, was two on Friday 18 June so a special event was held at the Park to celebrate.
Andrew Cassy, travel plan manager, said: “The event was a great success, helping to raise awareness of the options to reduce car travel when possible.”There were a multitude of stands including the Adastral Park bike user group (BUG), the Orwell Mencap Green Bike project – who were collecting old bikes and spares – and BT Cycle Fit.
There were promotions for off-peak rail business travel between Ipswich and London which generated much interest as well as a new discounted bus ticket for those who use the local Route 66 bus to get to work which can save regular bus users £10 per month.
As an added incentive to travel sustainably on the anniversary people were offered a free breakfast. “This led to a 30 per cent increase on the usual number of people cycling in to Adastral on a Friday,“ said Andrew.
“The plan has been very successful since its launch in 2008. The railway shuttle bus was relaunched, the number of people who car share has doubled and the number of people who cycle to work is twice the national average, and we’ve also seen an increase in the number of people who flexi-work away from the office.”
Overall, Grassroutes has saved the equivalent of 1.2million miles off the local roads and generated 400 tonnes less CO2 than if everyone travelled to site in a single occupancy vehicle.
Phil Dance, managing director of Adastral Park, added: “We want to make Adastral Park the lowest carbon development centre in the UK, and be at the leading edge for sustainability whilst providing a great working environment.“