Cobalt Business Park promotes sustainable travel

Thousands of staff at Cobalt Park, the UK’s largest office park in North Tyneside, will be offered a host of quirky ways to embrace green travel throughout the forthcoming Cobalt Go Smarter Week (Tuesday 16th to 22nd September 2014). Go Smarter encourages people to think about choosing sustainable modes of transport across Tyne and Wear.

The 12,500 plus workforce on site will be given the opportunity try out some unique forms of transport during their lunch hour including Segway scooters, Quad bikes and Beat bikes state of the art electro assisted folding bikes.

These machines will be brought to the site as part of an event encouraging people to leave their cars at home, supporting European Mobility Week.

Among those who will be having a go will be Lynn Cramman, Business Development manager at Cobalt.

Lynn says: "Over 12,500 people currently work at Cobalt we are growing all of the time, we ensure we stay ahead of the field by offering all the most recent and numerous initiatives to urge our workforce to adopt sustain¬able methods of travel, such as cycling or using buses rather than driving”.

"My passion is sustainable transport, but these unusual modes of transport have been invited along as a fun thing for people to try out”.

"They’re all electric vehicles so sustainable. I am sure everyone here will enjoy having a go on them, our staff great at getting out and involved with the range of events we offer weekly at the Cobalt Central retail hub”

“Cobalt has a comprehensive package of sustainable measures for our staff to commute to work and we are seeing a substantial increase in staff seeking advice on alternatives to driving to work on their own. Cobalt’s infrastructure supports the wider bus network and is central to the waggonways and cycle routes which ensures Cobalt in fully integrated within the Tyne and Wear region”.

The events will be used as a platform to increase awareness throughout the park of Cobalt’s successful car sharing scheme, 1,000’s of buses, electric car charging points, discount travel tickets, personal travel planning services and cycle initiatives including Cobalt’s monthly cycle hub that provides everything a new or established cyclist could need to help them cycle throughout the year plus much more.

Cobalt Park is one of the best connected business parks in the country daily linking to over 40 key residential destinations, over half of those buses come directly into the park.

Cobalt businesses including Santander, Procter and Gam¬ble, EE, G4S and New¬castle Building Society are all getting behind the week.

Go North East, is teaming up with Cobalt Business Park to offer help and advice from Cobalt Central about making journeys to work more sustainable on Tuesday 16th September, and Arriva on Wednesday 17th September offering advice and for car users.

Mark Ellis, Go North East development manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Cobalt Business Park to promote alternatives to the car, especially as we’ve got some great bus services and value for money fares to help cost conscious commuters. A weeks’ travel on our Cobalt Clipper routes is only £12.50 and that includes our new fast X39 route from Newcastle to Cobalt that runs at peak times.

“Bus travel has changed, we use high specification Mercedes buses on our Cobalt Clipper routes between Newcastle, Cobalt, North Shields, Whitley Bay and Blyth, with comfy high backed seats, free wifi and charging points on the Cobalt Connect route to Cramlington, Bedlington and Ashington.

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