Gatwick has today announced it is the first airport in the world to launch an innovative car-pooling service that 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.
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, maximise their environmental impact and gives the best chance of being upgraded to their choice of car park.
According to research, only around 3% of people in the UK regularly share their journeys with another traveller. Friends of the Earth claim if average car occupancy were to increase by half, it would lead to a one-third fall in traffic. Research also suggests that nearly half of all people would share a journey with someone they know and just a 10% car occupancy rise would reduce congestion by as much as doubling rail usage, drastically reducing car emissions.
The new scheme’s environmental benefits support the airport’s commitment to operate and develop 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, which equates to one in every 12 jobs in the Gatwick Diamond area.
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 smartphone 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 using Faxi 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.”
For more information about Faxi, visit: www.faxi.co.uk