New bus service launched for Middlesbrough & Teesport workers

A NEW bus service has launched to help people in part of the North East get to and from work.

The service, numbered 101, runs between Middlesbrough bus station and Teesport three times a day via Thorntree Job Centre, Eston and South Bank, leaving town at 5am, 1pm and 9pm to align with shifts.

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In addition to single fares, passengers will also be able to take advantage of weekly tickets, with cheaper options for those under 19.

Without the new bus services, officials say the situation has also reduced opportunities for jobless carless workers who might otherwise have attended interviews, training or apprenticeships at the site.

Bus operator Stagecoach will provide the new service, which is backed by £58,000 in funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Richard Dowson, from Thorntree, works at Tesco Distribution in Teesport. The 34-year-old said the new route would be a “great help”.

He said: “I have cycled to work since I started four years ago so this bus is a big help especially now in the miserable winter months. I often had to use a taxi which costs more one way than what I pay for the weekly ticket now!”

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Tees Valley Mayor Houchen said: “When I heard about this problem I wasted no time asking the bus operators for solutions and would like to thank Andy for raised the issue with me. There is no point in helping businesses create jobs in our region if people here do not have access to them.

“I am delighted that this new service is now operational and that those who do not have a car can get to and from work faster and easier than ever. We have worked closely with Stagecoach in the past on projects like our Tees Flex on-demand bus service, and are pleased to provide the crucial funding needed to launch this service.

“Alongside Tees Flex and our Wheels 2 Work electric motorcycle rental program, it’s another way we’re helping people in need get to work without breaking the bank, giving them the local transportation network they deserve..” Mayor Preston said: “This fantastic service will help more people in Middlesbrough get to work hassle-free and hassle-free, and make it even more likely to get a job with Teesport businesses.

“I am delighted that we have been able to find a solution to allow our employees to move and improve their lives, and I look forward to hearing about the future success of this route. »

Mayor of Middlesbrough, Andy Preston, said: “This fantastic service will help more people in Middlesbrough get to work hassle-free and hassle-free, and make it even more possible to gain employment with Teesport businesses.

“I am delighted that we have been able to find a solution to allow our employees to move and improve their lives, and I look forward to hearing about the future success of this route. »

David Parker, Commercial Director of Stagecoach North East, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Mayor Houchen and the Tees Valley Combined Authority to provide another transport solution for our region, following the successful introduction of Tees Flex. .

“Our bus services provide vital links for local populations and are essential in connecting people to day-to-day employment opportunities.

“The new 101 service creates a direct link to these jobs from many parts of East Middlesbrough, as well as Eston, South Bank and Grangetown. We have also introduced a new special £12 weekly ticket, exclusive to the 101 service, to complement our wider range of great fare offers.

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Melvin Z. Madore