Roadshow to highlight benefits of sustainable travel

A roadshow highlighting the benefits of sustainable travel will be hitting the road next week.

Businesses and staff can learn more about Go Smarter Northumberland – the sustainable transport programme.

The week-long roadshow promoting greener and healthier transport – including cycling, walking, public transport and car sharing – begins on Monday, February 23, at Nelson and Bassington Industrial Estate.

Go Smarter Northumberland provides advice and guidance on a number of sustainable transport initiatives with some of the most popular being walking, cycling, public transportation and car sharing.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “80 per cent of people who commute to work do so on their own.

“We could significantly reduce the number of cars on our roads and our environmental impact by car sharing.

“That’s just one of the many ways people living in South East Northumberland can work with Go Smarter to make positive changes to their existing commute.”

He added: “Sustainable and active travel doesn’t need to be intimidating, it’s as simple as getting off the bus a stop early or getting the bike out of the garage and leaving the car at home.

“We can all make small steps that will relieve congestion on our roads and help the environment.”

The Go Smarter roadshow will be visiting Nelson and Bassington Industrial Estate on February 23; Blyth and Kitty Brewster Industrial Estate on February 24; Wansbeck Business Centre and Jubilee Industrial Estate on February 25; Ashwood Business Park and North Seaton Industrial Estate on February 26; Manor Walks on February 27; and Dudley and Northumberland Business Park on Monday, March 2.

For more information about Go Smarter and its sustainable transport schemes in South East Northumberland visit