Free bus ticket helps new workers in Tees Valley

The “Tees Valley New Worker Week” ticket is here to provide anyone starting a new job in Tees Valley with one week of FREE bus travel.

Open to anyone living in Tees Valley who is taking up a new job in any of the five local authority areas (Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool or Redcar and Cleveland). This is an initiative developed by Let’s Go Tees Valley in partnership with Arriva North East and Stagecoach. The aim of the ticket is to help with the cost of travel in the first week and to encourage people to continue using the bus once they have their first pay cheque.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Transport issues shouldn’t be a barrier to people accessing the good quality, well-paid jobs we’re helping to create across the Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. I’m delighted to see that the pilot scheme in Darlington last year was such a success that it’s now being rolled out for workers across the region.

This initiative is another great service for local people, helping increase our support for those getting back into work. Along with the Wheels 2 Work moped loan scheme, and the soon-to-be-launched on-demand buses, this is a vital service that will not only help our workers,­ but our businesses succeed”.

Nick Knox, Area Managing Director of Arriva North East, said: “We’re committed to offering our customers convenient and sustainable transport alternatives and partnering with Let’s Go Tees Valley on this initiative is a great opportunity for us to be able to support Tees Valley workers into the first week of their new job.

Using regional bus services to commute is integral to helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality in Tees Valley. We’re confident this extension of the current offer which was specific to Darlington will encourage more commuters to consider public transport as a viable travel alternative for their regular journeys to work”.

This ticket launched on 15th January 2020 and runs until 30 April 2020. It sees Let’s Go Tees Valley, which is supported by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, partnering with transport operators Arriva North East and Stagecoach to help promote bus travel to work across the Tees Valley.

Claiming a Tees Valley New Worker ticket is very simple and involves emailing details of a job offer, along with contact details to a Let’s Go Tees Valley Travel Advisor. You can find out full details and more information about this free ticket offer at: www.letsgoteesvalley.co.uk/newjob

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