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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what incentives are available to encourage members of staff in (a) each Northern Ireland Department and (b) the Northern Ireland Office to use public transport for travelling to and from work. (75083)

Government policy is to encourage the use of sustainable travel and Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office may offer advances of salary to assist staff with the purchase of season tickets.

Translink, through its Corporate Commuter Initiative, encourages both public and private sector employees to use public transport to and from their workplace. Under this initiative, Translink has worked with the Department for Social Development, the Department for Employment and Learning and the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure providing assistance to staff such as personalised transport plans.

The Travelwise Scheme operated by Roads Service, provides advice to all Northern Ireland Government Departments on workplace travel plans and encourages sustainable travel, including the greater use of public transport.