October’s moderate temperatures and autumnal sights make it a perfect month for walking. Whilst some are hanging up their walking boots after the warm summer weather, walking into autumn is important to keep serotonin levels up, helping to prevent autumn and winter blues. Why not get involved in Walktober and see if you can keep walking for the month.
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But Walktober is not just for weekends! Many schools around the UK are signing up to Walktober to encourage children, and their parents, to walk to school through the month. Walking to school is a great way to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine, working towards your child’s 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommended by the NHS.
Hampshire Students can enter My Journey competition to be in with the chance of winning vouchers for Hampshire attractions. Just create a “Walktober Wellies” design at home – by using a paper outline provided by My Journey, or decorating a pair of wellies and emailing a photo. For more information about the competition and how else My Journey is contributing to Walktober, visit https://myjourneyhampshire.com/walktober.
“Even if it’s not possible to leave the car at home for the entire school run, ‘Park and Stride’ sites may be available at schools, and turning off idling engines while waiting can make a positive difference too”
-Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, HCC
My Journey is offering FREE Bike Doctor clinics in Portsmouth to help ensure that your bikes are in good working order. The experienced mechanics will check that your bike is the right size, and will check the condition of your tyres, chain, brakes, reflectors and lights. Minor adjustments and basic repairs will be fixed on the day. If anything can’t be fixed immediately, the mechanics will let you know exactly what needs doing and provide an approximate cost. Why not give your bike a service and make sure its ready for Autumn?
Events are currently running from 10am – 4pm:
- Commercial Road, Portsmouth (by the fountain)
- Lidl, London Road, North End
- Monday 24th September
- Monday 1st October
- Cosham High Street
- Monday 17th September
- Monday 15th October
- Monday 19th November
- Monday 17th December
- Monday 21st January 2019
- Monday 18th February 2019
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From today, Park and Ride Portsmouth will be running a new ‘PR2’ service alongside the existing PR1 service. PR1 will run the usual route from the terminal down to the Hard Interchange, while the brand-new route PR2 will accommodate the university area of the city. The new PR2 service, running every half hour from the M275 Park & Ride terminal, will travel to Commercial Road (Stand B) and the civic offices (Stand M on Isambard Brunel Road) before stopping on Winston Churchill Avenue and Cambridge Road for university buildings. The PR2 service will run from 7am until 8pm Monday to Friday only with the last bus from Cambridge Road departing at 7.44pm. Daily tickets are charged at the same rate as the usual service, £4 per car (of up to five people travelling together) and all Park & Ride smartcard products are valid. For more information and the full timetable visit the Park and Ride website:
Park and Ride Portsmouth offers sustainable bus services for visitors, commuters and students alike, utilising bus lanes throughout the city centre to reduce journey times into Portsmouth. The service also offers a cheaper car parking charge alternative than that of city centre car parks, on-street car parking and Gunwharf Quays car park meanwhile, reducing the number of private cars on Portsmouth’s Roads, therefore easing congestion and reducing total carbon emissions.
A transport planning system allowing local authorities and utility companies to share and record data on roadworks is on the horizon following a £10million investment from the Department of Transport. The service named ‘Street Manager’ has been in development for several years, following the current EToN system being deemed ‘costly and ineffective’. Street Manager is currently being built and tested with a small group of users and receiving feedback to ensure the service works efficiently.
This digital service will allow local authorities and utility companies to coordinate through open data platforms to better manage their planned roadworks and minimise disruption. However, for Street Manager to work seamlessly, Local Authorities need to be using a permit scheme for roadworks. Highway works may not be included on Street Manager if Local Authorities using notice schemes neglect to notify all their utility and highway works. Currently, around 40% of local authorities are still working under a notice scheme, which could potentially lead to omissions within Street Manager’s data and therefore reducing effectiveness.
The digital transport planner will be the latest technological advance to reduce congestion and will allow tech giants such as Google Maps and Waze to relay accurate real-time travel information. Developers of the planner hope that Street Manager will lead to the creation of new products from companies like Google to help drivers avoid traffic and reduce travel times.
With surveys reporting that an average British driver spends over 30 hours stuck in traffic every year – it is clear that a new solution is necessary.
Southwestern are encouraging us all to ‘Live Big this Summer’ and get the kids packed up and jump on a train for a day of adventures. Travel locally, or head to another county – whatever the destination, kids fares will be just £1.
The offer is available for children aged 5-15 travelling off-peak with an accompanying adult holding one of the following tickets:
- Off peak day return/day travelcard
- Super off peak day return/day travelcard
- Promotional day return fares
Tickets are available to buy from ticket offices, on board trains and online here: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/destinations-and-offers/offers/livebig
The offer can also be used in conjunction with 2FOR1 Entry at 150 nationwide attractions such as:
- The Coca-Cola London Eye
- Madame Tussards
- The London Dungeon
- LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
- Sealife Brighton
- Alton Towers Resort
- HMS Belfast
- London Film Museum: Bond in Motion
- The York Dungeon
- Southampton City Art Gallery
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Cycle to work day is back to encourage us all to take a more sustainable route to work this year. It’s hard to know how cycling would fit into a busy lifestyle, so Cycle to Work day is the perfect time to try it out. According to Cycling England, an individual could save upwards of £500 a year if they switched to cycling for their commute to work. It’s a great way to incorporate some exercise into a 9-5 life too, with your body continuing to burn calories hours after a 30-minute ride. And if you need any more encouragement, cycling makes you happier! Not only will you be able to leave the traffic jams behind you, there are suggestions that cycling can reduce stress, improve sleep patterns and boost self-confidence and overall mood. If your route is too far to cycle, how about cycling to/from the bus or train station? And it’s not just for those traveling to work, whether you’re travelling to school, college or elsewhere, leave the car at home this Wednesday!
Did you know…
On average, cyclists take one fewer sickness days every year – saving the economy £83m a year
Cars give out approximately 22% of CO2 emissions, and cycling to work could save about 6% of your carbon footprint.
The estimated annual cost of cycling to work is £396, comparing to £625 and £3727 for train travel and private car respectively.
Over 315,000 miles have been pledged so far! For more information, or to pledge your Cycle to Work Day miles visit the cycle to work day website online at https://www.cycletoworkday.org/ Once pledged, you can get a £30 voucher to spend on ‘Specialized’ and ‘Cannondale’ bikes, and are in with a chance of winning prizes including brand new bikes and cycling accessories. Do not forget to let us know if you take part!
The final plans for Phase two of The East West Rail project have been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport. The submission marked a significant step in the progress of the overall project which aims to provide a world class rail link between Cambridge and Oxford. Phase one of the project was completed in December 2016, providing rail travel between Oxford and Bicester. If approved, phase two of the project will allow for trains to run between Oxford and Bedford, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury for the first time in over 50 years.
Source: Network Rail
The proposed works will involve major track and signalling upgrades, including the reinstatement of a mothballed section of the track, between Bletchley and Claydon Junction. A new station would also be provided at Winslow. Colin Murphy, from Network Rail, said “Once completed, the new railway will connect communities and businesses along the route and beyond, creating new opportunities for jobs, housing and economic growth”.
The East West Railway Company hopes to begin work on the second phase of the project next year, reducing journey times within the region and bringing together key economic and cultural hubs.
All submission documents are available at www.networkrail.co.uk/east-west-rail. Could these improvements better improve your journey? Let us know your thoughts!