Transport comparison tool launched by Hereward CRP to help people make more informed travel choices

A new data-analysis tool which helps people to compare the impacts and benefits of different types of transport has been launched by the Hereward Community Rail Partnership (CRP).

The online Think Travel Tool, now available on the Hereward CRP website, allows users to select start and end points of journeys that are available from the Hereward railway line, which runs through Fenland between Peterborough and Ely. Users can select different modes of transport for the journey from cycling, travelling by train or bus and different types of car – diesel, petrol, electric and hybrid.

The tool then compares the different impacts and benefits of each mode of transport for the selected journey, including environmental impacts such as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and air pollutants, distance travelled (as different modes of transport take different routes), time taken, cost, health benefits and wider impacts too.

For example, travelling from March to Peterborough by train emits an estimated 0.99kg of CO2 per passenger, compared with 3.94kg of CO2 per passenger by car (diesel).

The Think Travel Tool was commissioned by the Hereward CRP, with additional funding support from Greater Anglia and created by environmental data analysts Aether.

Cllr Chris Seaton, Chairman of the Hereward CRP, said: “The Think Travel Tool is exactly that – it encourages people to think about how they travel, and how they can make their day-to-day journeys more environmentally friendly, more cost and time effective and more beneficial to their health.

“It also uses data to compare the impact of different travel methods for journeys from the Hereward Line, although the principles of this can be used to compare similar journeys across the UK, helping people to make informed travel choices wherever they go.”

Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, Alan Neville, said: “Research shows that trains are the most environmentally friendly form of transport after cycling and walking, with greenhouse gas emissions per kilometre by rail being about 75% less than cars.

“It’s so easy to get all around East Anglia by train and have a day out that, literally, doesn’t cost the earth, reduces your carbon footprint and will help to protect the region’s fragile habitats and human health – and our new fleet of trains are contributing even more thanks to their more environmentally friendly features which reduce CO2 and particulate emissions in the region further still and offer a convenient, comfortable alternative to the car.”

The Hereward CRP is able to demonstrate the tool to schools, local community groups and organisations for things like environmental workshops and events. For more information, contact the partnership via its Contact Form on the website: or via email at: