Free Personalised Travel Planning returns to Middlesbrough

Free Personalised Travel Planning returns to Middlesbrough

The Local Motion Travel Advisors will be visiting homes in selected areas of the town throughout June, July and August with useful information on bus services and rail travel plus walking and cycling maps.

Middlesbrough residents can now receive free travel planning to help make their journey to work or college simpler and cheaper. The Local Motion Travel Advisors will be visiting homes in selected areas of the town throughout June, July and August with useful information on bus services and rail travel plus walking and cycling maps.

And why is this great news? Well, the more travel options you know about, the more flexibility you have when choosing where to work, where to study or where to shop. For example not having your own car may be enough to put you off going for an interview for your dream job just because you think it’s too far to travel, when in fact there may be a bus stop just 5 minute walk from your house which is on the same route as your dream job.

The Travel Advisors will be visiting new build residential areas within Acklam Green, Acklam Hall, Clairville, Grey Towers Farm, Low Gill, Ladgate Wood, Longridge, Prissick Farm, Rose Cottages, Stainsby Hall Farm, as well as established properties in Coulby Newham. They will also be making regular visits to Middlesbrough Central Jobcentre for drop-in sessions and to James Cook Hospital, SK Foods, and Middlesbrough Council offices to run a Commuter Challenge.

The Local Motion Travel Advisors worked in Middlesbrough throughout December 2016 and January 2017 and in that time over 3,000 residents in Marton received tailored travel advice to help with all types of journey planning. In addition 180 jobseekers received travel planning advice to get to work and training, and of those, 30 have successfully gone into employment or training as a direct result of the travel advice they received from the Travel Advisors. The good work of the Travel Advisors has also been carried on by Job Centre staff, who were trained in helping to overcome any issues their jobseekers faced in relation to travelling to work or training.

This Personalised Travel Planning (PTP) programme has been running in the Tees Valley since 2015 and residents contacted during 2015 were revisited in 2016/17. The results of the revisits show that 18% of residents who showed ‘some potential to change’ their method of travel actually went on to change their travel behaviour a year later. And bus journeys, walking and car sharing have all increased within this group.

Due to the success of the project to date, the Tees Valley sustainable transport programme has received funding to continue the PTP service across the region for a further three years through the Access Fund which is funded by the Department for Transport and supported by the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Along with PTP, the programme includes improvements to bus services, rail station access and providing more opportunities to walk and cycle. Sustainable travel is seen as a vital component of the wider issues of tackling traffic congestion, air quality and public health throughout the UK.

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