TCS signs ‘green’ car hire deal with WhizzGo

Town Centre Securities is creating a pay-by-the-hour car club for residential and commercial occupiers at its Piccadilly Basin scheme in Manchester in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

Tenants will have access to two low emission Citroën cars based at the scheme's Tariff Street car park.

Glyn Akesson, environmental manager at Town Centre Securities,said: "We are continually looking for ways to achieve best environmental practice and this latest partnership allows us to offer an innovative, eco-friendly solution for our tenants' needs. Despite Piccadilly Basin being well located for all transport links, just next to Piccadilly train/ tram station, we appreciate that most people require the occasional use of a car. By having the option to hire a car by the hour our tenants can demonstrate their environmental commitment by utilising the public transport links most of the time and still have peace of mind knowing that a car is available should they need one."

Charlotte Morton at WhizzGo continues: "Developments such as Piccadilly Basin offer exactly the kind of city centre location that our service requires and we are delighted to bring our service here to provide residents and businesses alike with access to a car for private and business use whenever they need one."

Members of WhizzGo, which launched its first car club last year, pay a £49.50 annual membership fee to receive a smart card which is then used to book a car over the phone or online. After booking, the smartcard is used to unlock the car after which the user types in a security code into the on-board computer to release the keys from within the glovebox. Cars can be booked minutes or months in advance and accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a weeks, 356 days a year.

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