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TravelWise, the Merseytravel sustainable travel choices campaign, recently challenged Merseysiders to leave their cars at home and change the way they travelled to work by catching a bus, train or ferry.

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Swapping the car for a bus or train can be a great way of saving time and money

The challenge went out to over 100 employers, with one lucky commuter, Graham Murphy, winning a 12 month Railpass to help make his journey even easier!

Graham said, “I usually drive from my home in Aintree to work at Unilever, Port Sunlight, but when I compared the cost and hassle of driving against potential benefits of public transport, in my case the train, I decided to give it a go. I’m looking forward to saving money on tunnel tolls, fuel and I’m really looking forward to being able to read and relax on the journey, which is hopefully a lot less hectic than driving.”

Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said: “Swapping the car for another option such as catching the bus or train to work can be a great way to save yourself some money, but it’s not just the cost savings that can make a difference, it can also be an easier more relaxing journey too.”

To help you find out how much you could save by swapping to public transport, the TravelWise Savings Calculator takes into account average annual maintenance and fuel consumption costs for different sizes of vehicle and compares it to the cost of an annual travel ticket over the same distance. Visit http://www.LetsTravelWise.org/cost

Unilever have had a staff travel plan and have been working with Merseytravel to enable their staff to make more sustainable travel choices for the last 14 years. Caroline Cooper, Environmental Advisor at Unilever said, “It’s great that Graham has the opportunity to try commuting more sustainably as this really aligns with ‘the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, in encouraging everyone to take small actions on sustainability, which when added together can make a big difference.”

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Elaine Boundy
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