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Gatwick launches car-pooling service for airport staff

Staff who give lifts to colleagues are allocated preferential airport parking via an innovative smartphone app.

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Gatwick announced it’s the first airport in the world to launch an innovative car-pooling service. It offers staff preferential parking spaces and tracks their associated reduction in vehicle miles and emissions in real time.

The service, in partnership with journey sharing platform Faxi, collects data from each shared journey – via a smartphone app – and uses it to incentivise drivers with access to preferential parking bays in their existing car park.

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Over time those drivers who regularly transport the most passengers to and from work will be given the opportunity to upgrade to a staff car park of their choice. These car parks are located up to one mile closer to the terminal buildings, so the scheme could significantly reduce commuting time by up to 40 minutes each day.

The Faxi app provides drivers with information showing other staff on their route and the potential diversion from their normal route (in minutes) for pick-up. This allows drivers to fill their vehicle with passengers, minimise their environmental impact and gives the best chance of being upgraded to their choice of car park.

According to research, only around 10% of people in UK regularly share their journeys with another traveller while the average UK worker will spend 400 days of their life commuting. However, research also suggests that nearly half of all people in the UK would share a journey with someone they know.

The new scheme’s environmental benefit supports the airport’s commitment to operate and developing in a sustainable way in order to achieve its ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. Gatwick has also recently launched a new 100% electric car sharing service, in partnership with Bluecity cars, giving people a convenient, zero emissions travel option for getting directly on and off the airport.

Gatwick Airport and other businesses on the Gatwick campus directly generate 24,000 jobs in the region.

For more information about Faxi, visit: www.faxi.co.uk.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Car Parking, Gary Wallace, said:

 I am pleased to announce Gatwick is partnering with Faxi as the airport continues to expand its portfolio of sustainable travel and parking schemes for both passengers and staff at the airport.

“Faxi allows our staff to not only save money and share travel costs but also reduce their car emissions and traffic on local roads at the same time, which once again demonstrates Gatwick’s commitment to being the UK’s most environmentally friendly airport.”

 Faxi CEO and Founder, Tony Lynch, said:

 “It’s fantastic to be operating incentivised car-pooling at the massive Gatwick Airport campus. Via the unique Faxi smart phone app, Gatwick commuters can now verify they are car-pooling and be upgraded to better parking, reducing their commute by up to an hour a day. Our technology, combined with Gatwick’s commitment to car-pooling, could result in the world’s largest verified carpool network saving millions of driven miles.”

 Robin Kirk, Security Officer at Gatwick, said:

 “I’ve been participating in the Faxi trial over the past few months and carpool with 3 others – we’re all on the same team so we work and travel together. We share the driving, taking it in turns. It’s been working quite nicely, sharing the petrol costs has been notable, so much so that I’ve been able to afford a new car with a lower insurance premium. We’re happy that we’re able to use the preferential parking spots. Especially where we parked today, nearer the terminal building, makes a big difference.”

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Gatwick Express team gives cash boost to Crawley charity

The Gatwick Express team has given a local charity a cash boost following a number of staff fundraising initiatives in recent months.

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Maria Cook, Chair of Autism Support Crawley (left) takes delivery of a 'rail ticket cheque' from Gatwick Express managers

Autism Support Crawley, which supports children and adults on the autistic spectrum, has been given a generous donation of £1,931.15 thanks to kind-hearted Gatwick Express staff who have taken part in a series of activities at Gatwick Airport Station, including cake sales, a Christmas jumper competition and bucket appeals.

Station staff were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to Autism Support Crawley on Tuesday, May 21 to the chairperson of the charity, Maria Cook.

She said:

“We are thrilled to receive such wonderful support from everyone at Gatwick Express.

“Their response to the voluntary work that we do for over 1,200 families across Sussex and Surrey is overwhelming. This will go a long way in helping us to continue to support families and work with lots of different professions to improve understanding, acceptance and inclusion in society,”she added.

Gatwick Express staff were inspired to support the charity after hosting a group from Autism Support Crawley for a ‘Try a Train’ event, during which autistic young people and adults were shown around the station to help them become more familiar and confident when travelling by train, as well as how to buy tickets to support more independent travel.

Gatwick area station manager David Stronell said:

“We’re really proud of all the work we have done to help the charity. The whole station has been involved in the fundraising.

“Since we started supporting the charity, it has sparked a lot of conversations and a lot of staff have talked about having children on the autistic spectrum. It has brought us all together and got people opening up about autism, which in turn has raised awareness for us all,” said David.

Charity trustee, member and service user Charlotte Gover said:

“The amazing donation from Gatwick Express will support so many of our families by enabling us to continue to provide information sessions, conferences, coffee mornings, evening meetings and much needed inclusive family events.”

Staff at Gatwick are now gearing up for their next fundraising events so watch this space!

This month also marks the 35th birthday of Gatwick Express and there have been plenty of activities going on to celebrate the occasion.

For more information, visit:http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/govia-thameslink-railway/pressreleases/gatwick-express-staff-celebrate-35-years-of-operations-2872525

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