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Northumberland tourism businesses to meet planners about public transport in support of Green Transport Week 2012

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The AD122 bus runs by Hadrian’s Wall

Tourism businesses and communities of West Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Hadrian’s Wall corridor will soon be able to meet public transport planners and providers face-to-face to learn more about getting around the area using rail, bus and cycle routes.

The drop-in surgery  will be held in The Teasdale Room of The National Park Authority’s Headquarters in Eastburn, Hexham between 11am and 3pm on Friday, 22 June 2012. The event is in support of national Green Transport Week (16 – 24 June 2012)  which aims to raise awareness of the impact travel has on the environment and to encourage local people and visitors to use alternative methods to the car.

Northumberland’s transport alternatives

Duncan Wise, Visitor Development Officer for Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “You would be surprised at how many transport alternatives to the car are on offer and we want to help tourism services take advantage of them.  There are lots of people who like to keep fuel costs down on holiday, and we are aware that many younger people could enjoy days out in the area independently if getting around was made easy.

“We have the solution with some very good rail and bus services that provide viable and greener options. What is more, we have some of the best cycling experiences to be had with a network of quiet country lanes to explore at  leisure. This is an opportunity for anyone to drop in and find out more.”

Hadrian’s Wall Heritage co-ordinates the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus on behalf of partners in the Hadrian’s Wall Bus Partnership.  Bryan Scott, Sustainable Access Manager at Hadrian’s Wall Heritage said:

“The AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus service offers a value for money alternative solution for international and domestic visitors, and also for local people, to access the rural stretches of Hadrian’s Wall. The service links up with the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail and the Hadrian Cycleway Route72 on the National Cycle Network. Local people use it to get to work and to link to trains and other regional bus routes.”

Shane Harris, Sustainable Tourism & Communications Officer for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership added: “We’re delighted to be involved in this green transport surgery. It will be a great opportunity for people to find out what is available currently in terms of public transport options and cycling routes in the North Pennines. It will also be a good chance to talk to us and other organisations about issues surrounding the green transport challenges in the area.”

The transport surgery is designed to help people get the most out of available transport services to learn how easily they can be integrated.

It will be an informal drop-in surgery with representatives from the County Council’s transport team, Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus Partnership and the North Pennines AONB on hand to answer any queries regarding public transport services and cycling opportunities. Computer terminals will enable visitors  to see what is on-line and free information will also be available to take away.

The organisers will cover topics such as available public transport services (rail and bus)  along Hadrian’s Wall and West Northumberland area; cycle routes and services along Hadrian’s Wall, North Pennines and West Northumberland area, and marketing tips for businesses in the promotion of  public transport to visitors.

The day is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Enquiries to Duncan Wise Tel  01434 611521 or email duncan.wise@nnpa.org.uk.

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