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A Less Taxing Alternative To A Company Car Pool May 8, 2009

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whizz_carMerseyside businesses can avoid the unnecessary costs and paperwork associated with running staff pool cars by taking out a corporate membership with WhizzGo.

WhizzGo is a pay-by-the-hour car club, which gives the employees of its corporate members instant access to a pool of low-emission cars. Staff of member organisations can pick up a car from one of four locations in Liverpool city centre when they want the convenience of a car.

Councillor Peter Millea, Liverpool City Council Executive Member, said: “Joining a car club is a good business alternative to owning company pool cars, especially for businesses based in the city centre.

“Becoming a member can help organisations to cut costs and eliminate the paperwork associated with corporate car ownership. And what’s more, by encouraging staff to make TravelWise choices such as cycling, walking, taking public transport or car sharing, businesses can do their bit to reduce the number of cars on the road, which is good for the environment too!”

Membership is easy and can be tailored to suit the individual needs of businesses. Why not try a no obligation trial to see how much your business can save?

Visit www.whizzgo.co.uk or call 08444 77 99 66 to find out more.
For free TravelWise Business Support visit www.LetsTravelWise.org

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Common Sense Over Car Parking? March 5, 2009

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parked_carsLiverpool Chamber welcomes the City Council’s decision to suspend the implementation of extended car parking charges for the city centre, pending an inquiry.

The idea is simply madness and will do nothing but harm to the evening and night time economies of Liverpool city centre. We have opposed the proposal from the start, and encourage all our members and readers to do the same.

The decision has still to be finalised, so it’s important to keep up the pressure.

You can do this by:

And if anyone from the City Council would like us to take part in the inquiry, just email Jack Stopforth, our chief exec, to let us know where and when.

Read more about this and the campaign to stop it on Liverpool Confidential.

‘Planning For The Future’ Transport Forum February 27, 2009

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red_lights17 March 12pm – 2pm

Liverpool Chamber

Free

We have a few limited places available to attend Planning for the Future – a transport forum held jointly between the Chamber and Merseytravel which feeds into transport planning locally.

The theme of the session will be looking at transport in the recession and the role that the Multi Area Agreement will have in promoting connectivity.

There will be presentations by Jim Whelan, author of Transport Friendly Towns  and David Sayer, GVA director.

You can downlpad a copy of Transport Friendly Towns here. [PDF]

Transport is about connecting people and goods to places.  A comprehensive and high performing transport system is essential for sustained economic prosperity, productivity and sustainable economic growth.  Efficient transport can help to facilitate a competitive edge and reduce social exclusion.

To book your free place, email Esther Sumner

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Travel Information Galore February 25, 2009

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Image of White VansHere’s a whole bunch of travel information that is available to businesses on the condition of the road network.

Please feel free to use the information as you wish the RSS feeds, in particular, are free and can be posted on your websites.

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Tell The Council What You Think Of Extended Parking Charges February 13, 2009

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It could be you!

It could be you!

As you probably know, Liverpool City Council thinks it’s a good idea to extend city centre parking charges from 6pm to 8pm.

This is a ridiculous and short-sighted decision that will harm the night-time economy by far more than it brings in in charges.

Our friends at Liverpool Confidential agree. They have set up an easy to use form that lets you email every council member who thinks this is a good idea at once.

Fill in the form on the Liverpool Confidential website here.

You can also register your views by:

Remember, our elected representatives have a duty to listen to our views. Make sure yours is heard.

Roadworks Along The Strand February 9, 2009

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coneThere will be road works on the southbound lane of the the Strand between 09:30 and 15:30 from 16 February until the end of May.

Due to lane restrictions, there will be some traffic delays during this period.  Pedestrian access will be maintained.  As part of the works new street lights will be installed on the southbound side which will replicate the new lighting outside Liverpool One.

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Merseytravel Freezes Tunnel Tolls February 6, 2009

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tunnelMerseytravel is freezing tunnel tolls at their current levels from April 1st 2009 to March 31st 2010, following a meeting today (Thursday) of the Passenger Transport Authority.

The decision means toll levels for all classes of vehicles will be The aim is to support businesses and the public during the current economic climate.

The Tunnel Toll charges will remain as follows: –

  • Class 1 vehicles – £1.40 (or £1.25 with a Fast Tag)
  • Class 2 vehicles – £2.80 (or £2.50 with a Fast Tag)
  • Class 3 vehicles – £4.20 (or £3.75 with a Fast Tag)
  • Class 4 vehicles – £5.60 (or £5.00 with a Fast Tag)

Tax On Parking Could Cost Business £3.4 Billion February 6, 2009

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parked_carsBusinesses across England could face an eye-watering £3.4 billion bill for simply using their own car parking spaces.

This monumental cost could become a reality if councils decide to apply for the controversial Workplace Parking Levy (WPL).

Nottingham City Council has already applied to slap businesses with the stealth tax and a final decision from the Secretary of State for Transport, Geoff Hoon, is imminent.

More worryingly, a Department for Transport consultation into the WPL heightens the risk of the scheme’s national roll out as it helps councils across England to apply for take up of the scheme.

The WPL will require all businesses to register workplace parking spaces, which will prove burdensome enough. However, businesses with ten spaces or more, will also suffer a financial strain because each parking space will have to be paid for. The levy will start at £185 in 2010, but will rise to £350 by 2014 (using the blueprint from Nottingham).

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has calculated that if every eligible council covered by the consultation adopted the WPL, then businesses will be left with huge costs amounting to £3.4 billion.

The BCC is calling for the Secretary of State to reject Nottingham City Council’s application and to abolish the blueprint for this stealth tax nationally.

With the economy now in recession and firms struggling with cash-flow, the tax will be detrimental for companies, towns and local economies.

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Rave On With Ryanair February 6, 2009

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raveRyanair has announced the addition of a further destination to its route network from Liverpool John Lennon (JLA) with flights to Ibiza to start at the end of March.

Flights will operate three times per week departing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting on 30th March.

Ibiza’s reputation as Europe’s clubbing capital is likely to make the route popular with the region’s ‘clubbers’ many of whom have made Liverpool one of the UK’s top clubbing venues. The Balearic island is also a destination that proves popular with families too with quiet secluded coves and familiar friendly resorts.

Seats on Ryanair’s new route start from just £32 (one way including taxes and charges) and can be booked immediately on www.ryanair.com.

Freewheeling Around Liverpool January 29, 2009

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bicycle_pathIf you live in an area of Liverpool with low bike ownership, you could qualify for a free tailor-made package of cycling support.

Residents in qualifying areas are entitled to free bikes, equipment and ‘Dr Bike’ cycle repair sessions. Bike checks, cycle maintenance courses and cycle skills training are being wheeled out across the city as part of a new TravelWise initiative to help get Liverpool cycling.

As well as being a great way to get around quickly and reliably, cycling is good exercise, and is environmentally-friendly. And best of all it’s free!

The scheme is run for TravelWise by Cycling Solutions, a local not for profit company who help thousands of people to cycle every year. It is funded by the Neighbourhood Working Fund for Liverpool.

To find out more and if you qualify, go to the Let’s Travel Wise website.