The Department for Transport’s Access Fund is supporting Phone ‘n’ Ride to develop more employment and training journeys with the aim of supporting local employers and training providers.
The initiative will enable North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, to improve access to employment and training opportunities, enabling better connectivity between people, places and economic opportunities through the funding available.
The Phone ‘n’ Ride Service is one of North East Lincolnshire’s on-demand bus services offering an alternative to public transport with passengers setting the route and timetable depending on where they need to go.
With workplaces and education providers continuing to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, North East Lincolnshire Council and ENGIE are highlighting the option of the Phone ‘n’ Ride Service in accessing work and education, especially in key employment zones such as the South Humber bank.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Phone ‘n’ Ride has been a lifeline for many over the last 18 months and has continued to provide an essential service during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
“As we all start to return to a form of normality, I would ask employees and students to consider their transport options and remember Phone ‘n’ Ride is open and available to take you to and from your place of work or training.
“The service continues to maintain enhanced cleaning and additional safety measures to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers whilst onboard, so if you did have concerns about safety of travel our team will be happy to discuss these with you and enable you to get back out and about safely.”
What is Phone ‘n’ Ride?
Phone ‘n’ Ride is North East Lincolnshire’s on-demand bus service with no fixed route or timetable – users simply book where they want to go.
The service is managed by the council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, working alongside delivery partner, Stagecoach East Midlands.
To sign up, check fare information or book a journey, call the booking team on (01472) 324440 or visit www.phonenride.com.
Service updates are available at www.phonenride.com.