Bus scheme to highlight green travel

The public transport link through Cobalt Business Park which has helped the park be chosen for a national campaign.
The public transport link through Cobalt Business Park which has helped the park be chosen for a national campaign.

A TRANSPORT scheme at a business park has been selected to help promote greener journeys.

Cobalt Business Park has been chosen by national campaign Greener Journeys to demonstrate how incorporating public transport into commercial development is vital when creating a successful development.

Due to the investment over the years, around 1,000 buses a day, with links to more than 40 key residential areas, are linked with the park, including the flagship Cobalt Clipper and 19.

Officials at Cobalt Park say the comprehensive public transport infrastructure is essential when encouraging inward investors to look at the north east as a destination of choice for their business.

The bus network is carefully planned with partners Nexus, Go North East and Arriva, with the first bus arriving before 6am and the last bus after 11pm, with an estimated one million passenger journeys every year.

Claire Haigh, chief executive of Greener Journeys, said: “Cobalt Business Park is a prime example of how a major business park, outside of a city, thought proactively about the importance of infrastructure and the reliability and quantity of transport networks to get their employees to work, something which is too often an afterthought.”