As the nation marks Big Energy Saving Week, residents in the West Midlands are being urged to cut down on car travel and take the tram instead.
As well as reducing their fuel bills, they can also do their bit in tackling climate change by using one of the greenest forms of transport.
Ray Harris, Service Delivery Director at West Midlands Metro explained: “With petrol and diesel costs at an all-time high, there’s no better time to think about leaving your car at home and using the tram to get to work, go out shopping or simply meet up with friends.
“If you do need to drive to access the tram network, our free park and ride facilities mean it’s easy to find somewhere to leave your car before enjoying a hassle-free journey.”
A partnership between Citizens’ Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Big Energy Saving Week (January 17 – 23) has the support of many other organisations and charities.
It aims to encourage people to save energy while cutting down on fuel costs at the same time.
Modern tramways are one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient forms of public transport, with zero emissions at the point of use. By utilising the latest battery technology to power trams on some sections of the network, West Midlands Metro is further boosting its green credentials and is at the forefront of efforts to drive energy-saving innovation.
“Meanwhile, our great-value travel offers enables our customers to save money on the regular fuel costs, particularly those who take advantage of our weekly, four-week and annual passes to commute to work or travel to school, college or university,” Ray added.