Cardiff expands Enterprise Car Club to promote sustainable, active travel
Posted: 11 March 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
For the first time, Enterprise Car Club vehicles have also been located close to student accommodation areas in a bid to offer sustainable mobility options to a range of demographics.
Enterprise Car Club has more than doubled the number of on-street vehicles in Cardiff in response to fast growing demand. Over the past six months, Enterprise has reported a 55 per cent growth in the number of car club members in Cardiff.
18 low-emission and hybrid vehicles are now available for rental, offering access to motoring 24/7, 365 days of the year.
The expansion of the car club is said to support Cardiff Council’s aim of delivering more integrated public and shared transport to reduce congestion, improve air quality and promote active and sustainable travel. Plans put forward in the Council’s recently published White Paper include measures to make car club vehicles easier to access for more people as part of developing a joined-up transport network, which will help people move around as sustainably and efficiently as possible.
Available to licence holders over the age of 19, Enterprise Car Club aims to be a convenient option for students requiring a car. Cardiff University student, Laura Palmer, said: “As a university student I can’t afford to run a car. With Enterprise Car Club I can rent when I need a car, paying by the hour. It’s simple to use and I can book a car in the most convenient location at that time. Enterprise Car Club is especially useful for getting me and my friends to netball training which saves money on taxis.”
Enterprise Car Club is also available at eight other towns and cities in Wales including Swansea, Holyhead and Wrexham, as well as in smaller historic locations such as Monmouth and Ruthin. Alongside, Enterprise has daily rental branches in Cardiff city centre, two other city locations and a branch at Cardiff airport, offering the widest range of car and van rental.
Carl Henderson, Enterprise’s General Manager for South Wales, said, “We are delighted with the growth of our service in Cardiff, and the support from the Council and our members. This forms part of our programme of expanding across the UK, reaching communities large and small, to enable more flexible, low emission and value for money access to a car when that is the best choice for a trip.”