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Expanding the Co-wheels service across Gateshead

Posted on Wednesday 5 October 2016

A popular car club scheme which allows members to pick up a vehicle on a short term hire is being expanded in Gateshead.

Three new car club parking bays have been created across Gateshead where members of the Co-wheels club will be able to pick up low-cost, eco-friendly cars for short-term hire on as a 'pay-as-you-go' basis. These are in addition to the cars already at Gateshead Civic Centre, which are available to all members during evenings and weekends.

The Co-wheels scheme reduces both traffic congestion and fuel costs for business and individuals, by decreasing the need for people to use their own cars, with the car club vehicles readily available instead.

Gateshead Councillor Malcolm Brain, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport said: “The scheme is saving costs for the council and proving popular with employees, and we are pleased to expand this to more businesses and residents across the borough. Gateshead and other councils in the north east are supporting this scheme by working with partners at local community level.
"The scheme is proven nationally to reduce business costs by 20%, and has provided thousands of people with access to affordable motoring on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis."

The regional sustainable transport project is funded by NECA (North East Combined Authority) and delivered by Gateshead Council in partnership with national community interest company, Co-wheels and NECA.

It is based on a national project already in place in over 50 towns and cities across the country, which provided more than 1000 low emissions, low maintenance economy cares for loan on a 'pay-as- you -go' basis. To find out more and to take advantage of discounted membership of Co-wheels, visit www.co-wheels.org.uk/northeast.

Earlier this year Gateshead Council joined up with Co-wheels to provide electric bikes for staff for business use. - one of the first local authorities in the country to do so.

Encouraging staff to travel by bike contributes to the council’s aim to reduce the number of car journeys made and encourage more sustainable methods of transport. Co-wheels have supplied the electric bikes and commissioned the manufacture of bespoke storage pods at Gateshead Civic Centre.

For more information, visit the Co-Wheels website.