Vehicle sharing can help cut the number of cars on the road and reduce congestion and emissions in cities. Not only that, it can be a cheaper and more convenient option — with transport when and where you need it.
One example of this is a new agreement that puts hire cars in railway station car parks, accessible 24/7, for those needing onward transport when they get off the train.
The deal between Virgin Trains East Coast and Enterprise Car Club aims to make it easier for train passengers to travel door-to-door.
Under the agreement, vehicles will be located at Wakefield, Durham, Peterborough and Doncaster stations, and at other stations along the line in the near future.
Dan Gursel, managing director of Enterprise Car Club, explained: “Integrating with key transport hubs is the next evolution of car clubs. They are quickly becoming the go-to option for people who want fast, easy access to a vehicle, wherever they are and at any time. This makes car clubs an excellent option for the increasing number of people who want to ‘train/drive’ as a logical solution for sustainable business and leisure travel.
“Integrating car club, especially at smaller city stations, offers the train customer an easy solution and is a truly innovative approach to broaden travel options for everyone. Virgin Trains East Coast is very much leading the way in this area, and we are very pleased to have been chosen as its partner for this new service.”
The vehicles are available for use 24/7/365, which makes them especially convenient for travellers who need a car but arrive out of hours when a rental car office may be closed.
Enterprise Car Club members can book a vehicle online and access it using their smartphone. The cost starts from £4.95 per hour, including petrol and insurance, and from £39.95 per day for members who need a vehicle for more than eight hours.