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Green transport comes to Forest
NATIONAL Park chiefs have launched a pioneering new service that aims to encourage car-free travel in the New Forest.
Visitors arriving at Brockenhurst railway station are being greeted by the New Forest Travel Concierge and encouraged to use environmentally-friendly ways of exploring the district.
The two concierges, Shona Marsh and Beccy Jesson, are also spreading the word at campsites and visitor attractions in the area. They have been provided with a pedal-powered mobile unit packed with information about the Forest.
Said to be the first of its type in the UK, the electrically- assisted cargo bike can travel 90km before it needs to be recharged, making it easy for the two women to cover a wide area.
Shona and Beccy are extolling the benefits of using the New Forest Tour, the new Beach Bus and a fleet of electric cars called Twizys.
Operated by the National Park Authority (NPA), the service combines the skills of hotel concierges and the London Olympic “travel angels”.
It follows the award of a £3.8m Government grant that aims to encourage car-free journeys in the New Forest and South Downs national parks.
Chris Gregory, sustainability manager at the NPA, said: “More than a million passengers use Brockenhurst station every year, including thousands of summer visitors.
“But sometimes it’s not easy for them to find the best way to explore the National Park. Now they’ll be greeted by friendly staff who will help them see the best of the National Park by bike, electric car or the New Forest Tour, which provides passengers with breathtaking views from open-topped buses.”
The New Forest Travel Concierge is due to run until mid- September.
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