It was a pleasure to be back at Liftshare (https://liftshare.com/uk) on Wednesday – two years on since my last visit – to get an update on how far they’ve come and what plans they’ve got for the future.
Liftshare is a Norwich-based social enterprise which works with organisations to make their employees aware of, and able to access, liftshare opportunitities available to them for their commute. This helps employees save money, takes cars off the road and can alleviate work site parking problems.
It’s estimated that 36 million car seats travel empty every day: by matching these to people who would otherwise be making a journey by themselves, LiftShare is saving 10s of millions of car miles every year.
But their contribution towards sustainable transport and reducing car journey numbers doesn’t end there. They’ve also worked with clients to identify the best sustainable travel option for each individual employee – be that walking, bus, car share or something else – and successfully encouraged bus companies to put on services where there is clear potential demand for one.
We talked about a number of other exciting sustainable transport initiatives they’re heading up or developing; I’m keen that the relevant Shadow frontbench teams are able to hear about this work so will be looking to set something up in parliament.
All in all, I’m really impressed by their comprehensive approach to finding the best option for commuters while also cutting carbon footprints and working towards a sustainable future. Thank you to Mark and the other team members who took time out of their day to talk to me and show me around!