Sustainable Transport

Smarter Travel Workplaces

Smarter Travel Hospitals Working Group

Smarter Travel Awards 2015

Resources - Active Travel, Public Transport, Car Sharing, Avoiding travel to meetings

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Smarter Travel Workplaces

Smarter Travel Workplaces is a public awareness programme working with the National Health Sustainability Office and a number of hospitals to implement voluntary workplace travel plans. Engaging in Smarter Travel and working with employees to facilitate travel choice in favour of more sustainable transport can result in reduced costs, enhanced employee wellbeing, better access and more effective parking management.

If your site would like to find out more about implementing a workplace travel plan, you’ll find some useful resources, including case studies, on the Smarter Travel Workplaces website -

For information on becoming a Partner Workplace and availing of the Partner Package valued at over €10,000 but offered free of charge – click here


Smarter Travel Hospitals Working Group

Smarter Travel Workplaces has established a Smarter Travel Hospital Working Group in order to create a platform for partner hospitals to exchange knowledge, experiences and provide support to hospitals participating in Smarter Travel Workplaces. 

Smarter Travel Health Sector Partners include; The Saolta University Healthcare Group (Letterkenny University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Merlin Park University Hospital, Portiuncula University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, University Hospital Galway); Cork University Hospital; Temple Street Childrens University Hospital: Connolly Hospital; Mater Misericordiae University Hospital; National Maternity Hospital; National Rehabilitation Hospital; Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin; St James Hospital and St Vincents University Hospital.


Smarter Travel Awards 2015 – Workplace Awards

 Smarter Travel Workplace of the Year: Galway University Hospital

Smarter Travel Awards 2015 GUH

L to R: Siobhan Hamilton Smarter Travel Workplaces; Geoff Ginnetty  Galway University Hospital and Michael Aherne, Head of Transport Development National Transport Authority.


Sustainable Travel Champions of the Year and Cycling Workplace of the Year: St Vincents University Hospital.

Smarter Travel Awards 2015 SVUH

L to R: Sinead Flavin, Smarter Travel Workplaces; Eimear Flannery and Kirsten Doherty St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Michael Aherne, Head of Transport Development National Transport Authority.


Smarter Travel Resources


When you choose active travel such as walking or cycling instead of driving, you help to reduce pollution and it’s better for your health.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work Scheme is a tax incentive scheme which aims to encourage employees to cycle to and from work. Under the scheme employees can buy tax, PRSI and levy-free bikes and related equipment, and pay through a salary sacrifice arrangement of up to 12 months.

For more information on how to apply for the HSE cycle to work scheme click here or contact your local payroll department.

Plan your cycle route using the National Transport Authority’s Cycle Planner available here.


Plan your walking route using the National Transport Authority’s Journey Planner available here.

Visit to find out what you can do to get active in your local area. It has lots of tips on how to get started and get more active, and information on clubs, groups and activities in your area.

You can also visit to order a booklet on physical activity or download it here.



If active transportation such as cycling or walking is not an option for you, choose public transport if possible.

 Annual Tax Saver Tickets

This incentive is seen as a positive way to encourage more people to use public transport. Employees can avail of public transport commuter tickets if they are travelling for work by public transport, bus or rail. The scheme is not confined to State-owned forms of public transport and can include private operators if they are approved transport providers. Employees can save between 31% and 52% off travel costs as a result of tax, PRSI and USC savings by participating in the TaxSaver commuter scheme.

Click here for more information or contact your local HR department.

Plan your journey

The National Transport Authority’s Journey Planner service can help you plan journeys, door-to-door, anywhere in Ireland, using public transport and/or walking. It provides integrated information on train, bus, and tram services throughout Ireland.

Click here for the website or you can download the Journey Planner travel app for Ireland free from the Apple App store for iPhone and iPad, Windows store or Google Play store for Android devices.



We recommend you walk, cycle or use public transport but for journeys requiring a car, why not try car sharing.

 Car sharing offers people a cost effective and a more sustainable way of travelling by car. An initiative of the National Transport Authority and Smarter Travel Workplaces is a free National Car Sharing database. The service allows you to:

  • Set up private car-sharing group for regular trips, for example to work.
  • Set up private car-sharing groups for one-off trips, for example to meetings, workshops or events.
  • Seek or offer lifts.



Be there without going there.

 When possible, if in-person meetings require long distance travel, the NHSO recommends choosing alternative forms of communication. Video and teleconferencing can help reduce carbon emissions and save money.

Two alternative forms of communication available to staff are:

Microsoft Lync

A communications platform which creates a virtual connection between you and the people you work with. It lets you talk, share your desktop and programs, and work together in real time, all from your computer. This platform is available for use by all HSE staff, voluntary hospitals and HSE funded agencies that have a license to use the service.

More information is available from the Office of the Chief Information Officer here


Teleconferencing facilities are also available to HSE staff via The Government Networks Conference Bridge. You can set up an account here or by clicking the link on the HSE intranet homepage.