Workers share their Happy Commute stories

Workers share their Happy Commute stories

Commuters by public transport have witnessed strange and wondrous things on their way to work, a new project from Local Motion and Connect Tees Valley, the Tees Valley’s sustainable transport programmes, has revealed.

Travellers are being asked to share their ‘happy commute’ stories on the website and the tales have been flooding in. One commuter saw ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ board the train to surprise her friends for her 50th birthday party, and another witnessed a marriage proposal. Countless wild and rare animals have been spotted by train commuters and “thousands of pounds” saved, according to cyclist John from Durham.

Bus commuters have been just as lucky it would seem. Chantal from Norton bumped into an old best friend and one commuter who was walking home from Middleton St George helped an elderly passenger onto a bus and ended up taking her all the way back to her home.

Others talk about the oasis of calm, the ‘me time’, meeting interesting people and the chance to sit back and relax after a busy day at work. The stories are available to view at

“This is a great way to get people talking about the benefits of sustainable travel”, explains Sustainable Travel Manager Sue Dobson. “It’s human nature to want to share our experiences, and some of those stories are really inspiring. We’re looking forward to seeing even more come in over the following months.”

The website will be online throughout 2016.


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