Low-carbon travel scheme SmartGo comes to Hemel’s premier business park

Launch Photo December 2019

Employees working at Hemel Hempstead’s Maylands Business Park can now benefit from a low-carbon travel scheme that aims to reduce pollution and improve air quality.

SmartGo Maylands, which launched on 5 December 2019, is delivered by Go Travel Solutions to help businesses and their employees access sustainable travel opportunities.

It is jointly funded by ourselves, Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter, Hertfordshire County Council and St Albans City and District Council to help tackle congestion and pollution in the area and improve the sustainability of travel in and around the business park.

The staff benefits package aims to incentivise the use of alternative sustainable transport solutions to get to and from work such as buses, bikes, trains and electric vehicles.

Discounts are offered with a range of partners, including transport specialists Arriva, London Northwestern Railway and Halfords to encourage opting for low-carbon travel solutions. In order for employees to access deals, employers need to register with SmartGo Maylands.

The benefits for employers could include improved staff health and well being, boosting staff morale and retention rates with an employee discount scheme, corporate social responsibility via reduced carbon footprint and lowered demand for parking spaces. Hertfordshire’s Enterprise Zone, known as Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter (IQ), just outside Maylands Business Park, is leading the development of three million square feet of new commercial space.

Richard Whitehead, Chair of Hertfordshire IQ and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership board member, said: “Sustainability is one of the biggest priorities for Hertfordshire IQ as we build a new cluster of green businesses in Hemel Hempstead. Enabling the business community to collaborate and incentivise sustainable travel solutions will not only benefit employers but will also have a positive impact on everyone who lives and works in the area."

Councillor Graham Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Infrastructure at Dacorum Borough Council, said: “We need to work together to support a shift towards more sustainable travel in and around Hemel Hempstead. The Council, in conjunction with its partners, is putting together a number of measures to enable this but need the support of the public and businesses to bring a shift away from single-occupancy car use. SmartGo is one piece of the jigsaw in making this happen.”

Tara Clark, Project Manager for SmartGo Maylands, said: “Employers on Maylands are facing growing challenges with travel to and at work. SmartGo Maylands offers a low-cost way for employers to respond to these challenges through promotion of sustainable transport, gaining all the business benefits that this approach brings.”

For more information about the SmartGo Maylands scheme, please email or call Tara on 07487 612770.

Photo caption
Front row (left to right)
Chris Taylor - Group Manager, Strategic Planning and Regeneration, Dacorum Borough Council
Tara Clark - Project Manager, Go Travel Solutions
Helen Pollock - Project Executive, Hertfordshire IQ
Robin Pointon - Managing Director, Go Travel Solutions
Back row (left to right)
Max Oram - Hertfordshire County Council
Lawrence Hewitt - Economic Development Officer, St Albans City and District Council
James Doe - Assistant Director Planning, Development and Regeneration, Dacorum Borough Council.