Our team are here to offer ideas, advice, support and motivation for people to travel "sustainably". In other words, we want to encourage people to walk, cycle or use the bus or train when possible, and if they have a car, to use it less.
Engaging with the people of Darlington and working with Connect Tees Valley, we support walking, cycling, taking public transport and car sharing because it’s good for our communities, our health and well-being and it improves our environment.
Local Motion is funded by the Department for Transport’s Access Fund and supported by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the Tees Valley local authorities (Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland).
Our aim is to get more people walking, cycling and travelling by bus and train, more often and more safely. People can benefit from better physical and mental health; a better environment (less noise and improved air quality); a safer neighbourhood; reduced costs of travel; and being more involved in their local community.
What we do
In 2015, Local Motion Travel Advisers will visit approximately 36,000 households across the Tees Valley and South Durham. Home visits started in April and continue through to October.
If you live in one of these areas, this is your opportunity to share your ideas and comments about local transport and to learn more about alternative travel options available to you (cycling, walking, and car sharing or taking the bus or train). We can provide maps, timetables and information to help you make specific journeys or to suggest places to visit, some of which are right on your doorstep.
In addition to home visits, we provide personalised, on the ground advice about travel options in your area. Dressed in Local Motion uniform, you can find our Advisers and Rangers in and around town, on buses and aboard trains monitoring local transport services. We’re here to help so please feel free to approach a representative with any transport questions that you may have or contact us via phone or email.
Throughout the year we run a number of community and school events, including MEGA Friday Walks to school. We also attend events organised by businesses and community groups to provide information on travelling more sustainably. To view our upcoming events, visit our calendar here.
History of Local Motion
Darlington became a Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town in 2004 delivering a five year project funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), to implement projects and test ideas to see if these could change the way people travel in Darlington. The project was named "Local Motion" and following its success, the research was used as evidence to inform a bigger funding programme that local authorities could bid into. This new fund, Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSFT) enabled Darlington to extend the Local Motion works across the borough and through a partnership with Durham County Council, into South Durham (2011-2015).
The two core objectives of the LSTF fund were to support the local economy and reduce carbon omissions. Four secondary objectives were to help to deliver wider social benefits; improve safety; improve the local environment; and to promote more physical activity.
(2015-2016) Following a successful bid Darlington is now working with the other local authorities in the Tees Valley to continue to deliver against these objectives, which will include:
- investment in improved bus service in partnership with bus operators
- transport service to access jobs in Teesport and Middlesbrough Riverside
- train station adoption by local community groups or businesses at Tees Valley stations
- walking and cycling activities at hubs across the Tees Valley
- independent travel training programmes
- PTP or personalised travel planning
- schools programmes
- workplace programmes
- marketing programmes