Irish cross-border car-share scheme

A cross-border car-sharing scheme has been launched in Ireland and Ulster to help cut pollution and reduce traffic congestion.

A new website backed by ministers on both sides of the border is offering commuters in Donegal, Derry and Strabane the chance to share the daily journey to and from work.

Two people sharing a daily journey between Letterkenny and Derry for a year could save £1,000, say Stormont's regional development minister Conor Murphy and Noel Dempsey, the republic's transport minister.

Mr Murphy said: "This is a welcome new car-share initiative for North West commuters which is free to use and will help to reduce congestion and pollution in the region.

"Traffic has increased significantly here in recent years, with the high number of single occupancy cars on the roads each day playing a major role in contributing to this issue."

The project is being supported by Derry City Council, Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council, as well as Chambers of Commerce and employers including Asda, Altnagelvin Hospital, Axa and Northbrook Technology.

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