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Join Surrey’s Greener Future challenge to earn rewards for choosing to travel on foot, by bike or by public transport

Surrey County Council has teamed up with BetterPoints to launch the Greener Future challenge and make every car-free journey even more worthwhile for the residents of Surrey.

The BetterPoints smartphone app tracks your journey and awards you points which can be spent at participating local traders, redeemed for high street vouchers or donated to charity. It will also tell you how much carbon you’ve saved and how many calories you’ve burned by choosing to leave the car at home for your journey.

So, whether you walk, cycle or catch the bus – every journey counts.

Visit surrey.betterpoints.app to find out more and download the app today.

Posted on 10th March 2022

by Amelia

Get involved - COP26 in Surrey

COP26 is coming to Surrey!

Join us in Farnham on 10th November to mark COP26 with a special event focussed on sustainable transport, or take part in our competition to be in with a chance of winning an electric bike.

As world leaders continue to come together in Glasgow to tackle the climate emergency, Surrey County Council will mark the UN Climate Change Conference with a special event in Farnham, and also by encouraging residents to get involved in tackling climate change by pledging to ‘do one thing’ to benefit the environment.

The event:

Want to test drive an electric car or van? Or see electric bikes in action? Find out more about what the future of transport could look like in Surrey? Come along to our free COP26 event, which is part of the national COP26 Regional Roadshow programme!

The ‘Greener Transport Surrey’ event is being held in Farnham, Upper Hart Car Park, on 10th November between 10am and 3pm. Activities will include:

  • Electric bike demonstrations from Canyon
  • A pedal-powered Scalextric challenge
  • Free bike repairs and maintenance advice
  • Information from Energy Saving Trust
  • Free test drives of electric cars and a van from Energy Saving Trust
  • Chance to see a hydrogen bus, similar to those which will be on Surrey’s roads next year
  • Information on climate change in Surrey and the trees programme including free seeds and saplings.
  • The competition:

    To support COP26, the council is asking residents to think about the changes they can make to reduce their carbon footprint and to register their efforts on Wildlife Aid's iDot (I do one thing) platform . By sharing your one thing by 30 November you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Canyon Commuter ON 7 electric bike !

    The campaign is part of Surrey County Council’s efforts to tackle the climate emergency as outlined in the recently agreed Climate Change Delivery Plan. The Climate Change Delivery Plan sets out our priorities and actions for the next few years to help us achieve our goals of being net zero carbon as an organisation by 2030 and as a county by 2050.

    Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “With 46% of carbon emissions in Surrey coming from transport, we hope that this event will encourage our residents to think differently about the way they travel.

    “We have recently invested over £6m to improve footpaths and cycleways for residents and over £5m to improve bus services to help residents to rely less on their cars for certain journeys.

    “As just one of five successful applicants to be awarded the funding to host a COP26 Regional Roadshow, Surrey’s involvement in COP26 shows we are leading the way in driving change and I would urge all residents to play their part by pledging to do one thing to tackle climate change. If everyone takes some action to change their behaviour, the impact on reducing carbon emissions in Surrey will be significant.”

    For more information, please see the council's Greener Futures website , or have a look at the news post about the event.

    Posted on 4th November 2021

    by Amelia

    Reminder - Consultation closes 24/10/21

    Thank you to everyone who has responded to the Surrey Transport Plan consultation so far!

    We want the draft Surrey Transport Plan to work for everyone in Surrey and the more people involved, the better understanding we will have of the needs and aspirations of the whole community.

    With just over a week to go until the consultation closes on the 24th of October 2021, we would really appreciate sharing the consultation with people you know locally, like friends, family and neighbours.

    To share the consultation on WhatsApp, Faceboo k, twitter or by email, please visit our webpage at https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find details on how to do this.

    Thank you again to everyone who has had their say so far!

    Posted on 15th October 2021

    by Amelia

    Invitation to National Bus Strategy consultation

    The National Bus Strategy

    A new National Bus Strategy ( Bus Back Better ) was published by the Government on 15 March 2021. The Strategy requires all Local Transport Authorities to consider their role in encouraging more people to travel by bus as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and sets out aspirations for the future of bus service improvements.

    The Government’s ambitions in the National Bus Strategy support the Council’s own intentions within the emerging new Surrey Transport Plan , which you may have already provided your views on as part of the Surrey Transport Plan consultation .

    The National Bus Strategy requires that Local Transport Authorities prepare Bus Service Improvement Plans by October 2021, which will subsequently be used to formulate Enhanced Partnership Schemes with Surrey Bus Operators.

    Bus Service Improvement Plans will set out the future bus network, the expected local measures required to achieve our ambitious initiatives, and their expected impact. They will fulfil the ambition to provide more services where required and higher quality services for our residents and encouraging greater bus use as part of the county’s initiative ‘building back better’ more sustainably. They will also act as a framework to unlock the opportunity for future bidding to secure part of the £3bn funding allocated to Bus Back Better by the Government.

    Have Your Say

    We will be responding ambitiously and positively to the Government to achieve significant improvements to bus services for our residents. To help us succeed in our ambitious goals we are asking residents to engage with us, so we can understand the things that are most important to them.

    Please click here or on the link below to have your say on what is important to you regarding bus services in Surrey, and to let us know about your current bus habits.

    https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/national-bus-strategy/

    Posted on 11th August 2021

    by Amelia