JourneyShare prize is just the ticket

ONE lucky music fan is singing the praises of SPT, after winning two tickets – worth £180 – for the annual Wickerman Festival in the SPT JourneyShare prize draw.

Michael Murray, who is Head Administrator for the Humanities School at Glasgow University, took part in the competition by registering his daily commute to and from Pollokshields, Glasgow.

SPT JourneyShare is the regional car-sharing scheme for the west of Scotland and is managed by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport in association with Liftshare. It has been estimated that the scheme can save participants up to £800 a year in travel costs.

Michael learned of JourneyShare through Glasgow University’s Travel Planning Officer, Viola Retzlaff.

Michael, 32, said: “I am over the moon to have won the Wickerman Festival tickets. My girlfriend and I are really looking forward to it.

JourneyShare is a great idea and I can’t believe I haven’t thought about doing it before. It can save you a lot of money and is really easy to register.”

Michael Murray

“Now I have signed up I am looking for someone to car share with. I have a spare seat in my car and it would be a shame to see it go to waste.”

SPT’s JourneyShare scheme now has more than 3,600 registered members offering or seeking lifts to and from work.

Clare Strain, SPT Travel Planner, said: “These days, employers are increasingly aware of the cost of commuting for their staff.

“By joining SPT JourneyShare, they can offer employees a simple, easy way to team up with co-workers match who are travelling the same route and cut the costs.

“Sharing a journey also helps alleviate congestion, free up car parking spaces and cut harmful CO2 emissions.”

Other employers involved with SPT JourneyShare include seven local authorities, three NHS Boards, University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Airport, Lifetechnologies ltd and Braehead Shopping Centre.

If your company does not yet have its own dedicated JourneyShare site, you can still find someone to car share with by registering your journey for free.