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A new fleet of environmentally-friendly cars are travelling the length and breadth of the country as part of Edge Hill University’s greener Travel Plan.

The eight BMW 1 series ‘Grab & Go’ cars are for staff to use whilst on University business. They are available to those who may occasionally need to use a vehicle for work purposes but who travel to the University using more sustainable methods, such as public transport, walking or cycling.

With low CO2 emissions and even lower running costs than the previous cars, the initiative is a big win for the University and is proving to be an overwhelming success.

Bill Hancox, Director of Facilities Management, said: “When the contract came to an end for the last set of cars, we wanted a replacement fleet that had excellent green credentials. Cost is also a big consideration when purchasing goods and services as we have an overriding responsibility to ensure we achieve value for money. These cars are incredibly reliable and they tick all those boxes and more. In fact, the new contract value is less than the previous one.

“The new fleet even has our logos and private number plates, which were provided at no extra cost. We are proud of our University, our students and our staff. Our colleagues will be travelling the length and breadth of the country in these vehicles representing the University and we want the excellent name of Edge Hill to be out there.”

First established in 2005, the Grab & Go scheme is as an integral part of the University Travel Plan and is an essential element of the sustainable travel strategy.

Bill added: “The scheme continues to be an overwhelming success and we have increased the fleet from six to eight to accommodate demand. Evidence suggests that more people are choosing sustainable methods of transport and this initiative contributes significantly to our environmental performance as a University.”