We’ve always been proud of our range of travel options and accessibility when businesses are considering their office location in the North East of England.
Darlington – and Lingfield Point – with its fantastic access and powerful industrial heritage – means that transport links have always played a major role when attracting new businesses or helping business grow around our entrepreneurial town.
Thanks to funding from the Department for Transport through its local sustainable transport fund, Darlington is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to making people think about how they travel and introducing (or improving) the transport infrastructure.
Lingfield Point teamed up with Arriva North East and Local Motion – the town’s transport guardians – to improve and extend bus route 1/1b ensuring that the 2,000+ employees could enjoy an on-site bus service – helping to increase convenience of public transport with stunning results.
Joining up with NAAFI and one of their employees, Dani Moore, we can now showcase how catching the bus can transform your life and your wallet after offering a free weekly bus ticket to all employees that had never experienced the bus before.
After taking part in the trial Dani Moore from The Denes, Darlington, sold her car and is now a dedicated bus user saving £150 every month.
Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East, said: “We were delighted when we heard Dani’s story, it’s such a great example of how bus travel can really work for people. We thought, what better way to share this story with others than to showcase it in a clip starring Dani and her new spending power at the shops!”
Dani Moore explained: “I find getting the bus a lot easier than I thought it would be, it really is quite simple. When Arriva said they wanted to recreate me spending a month’s savings I thought it would be great fun. I had a fabulous time.”
Eddie Humphries, Lingfield Point estate manager added “We’re delighted the new bus service is proving a success with employees and businesses alike. It’s great to hear that taking the bus has put money back in Dani’s pocket to enjoy and provides real evidence that thinking about how we travel can have real financial benefits”
Since the launch of the new service in January the staff at Lingfield Point have made over 14,900 journeys by bus so far.
Lingfield Point continues its green transport ethos by providing electric charging points for electric vehicles and is one of the few places in Darlington you can recharge.
And – if you arrive at Lingfield Point by bus – or just fancy a spin in your lunch hour – why not take advantage of our free bike hire. We’ve got everything you need helmets, locks, panniers – you’ll have to provide the pedal power. Just call in to the hub and sign up.
See how Dani got on – watch the clip
For more information about how car users can start saving visit the fuel calculator