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We want to get more people in the Tees Valley out of cars and into life!
Our team are here to offer ideas, advice, support and motivation for people to find greener, healthier and cheaper ways to travel. We're asking you to walk, cycle or use the bus or train when possible, and if you have a car, to use it less.
Our programme is delivered by the local authorities for Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees.
We'd like you to try:
- Travelling by bus and train
- Car sharing
more often and more safely so that together we can benefit from:
- Better physical and mental health
- A better environment (less noise and improved air quality)
- Safer, friendlier neighbourhoods
- Reduced costs of travel
- Being more involved in our local community
What we do
Our travel advisors visit homes across the Tees Valley, spending 3 months at a time in each local authority area.
If you are a resident of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland or Stockton-on-Tees, 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.
Community outreach and support for Job Seekers
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 also find our Advisers in local Job Centres and around town.
We’re here to help and provide advice, including:
- How to get cheaper tickets as a job seeker on local buses or on the train
- Free bus tickets to help you look for a job, get to that interview or the first few days of work
- Plan the best route to an interview or for your new job
Please feel free to approach a representative with any transport questions that you may have or contact us via phone or email to discuss your options.
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