Until 2nd September, South Western Railway are offering Kids Travel for £1!

Southwestern are encouraging us all to ‘Live Big this Summer’ and get the kids packed up and jump on a train for a day of adventures. Travel locally, or head to another county – whatever the destination, kids fares will be just £1.

The offer is available for children aged 5-15 travelling off-peak with an accompanying adult holding one of the following tickets:

  • Off peak day return/day travelcard
  • Super off peak day return/day travelcard
  • Promotional day return fares

Tickets are available to buy from ticket offices, on board trains and online here: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/destinations-and-offers/offers/livebig

The offer can also be used in conjunction with 2FOR1 Entry at 150 nationwide attractions such as:

  • The Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Madame Tussards
  • The London Dungeon
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • Sealife Brighton
  • Alton Towers Resort
  • HMS Belfast
  • London Film Museum: Bond in Motion
  • The York Dungeon
  • Southampton City Art Gallery

All attractions partaking can be found here:



Cycle to Work Day – 15th August 2018!



Cycle to work day is back to encourage us all to take a more sustainable route to work this year. It’s hard to know how cycling would fit into a busy lifestyle, so Cycle to Work day is the perfect time to try it out. According to Cycling England, an individual could save upwards of £500 a year if they switched to cycling for their commute to work. It’s a great way to incorporate some exercise into a 9-5 life too, with your body continuing to burn calories hours after a 30-minute ride. And if you need any more encouragement, cycling makes you happier! Not only will you be able to leave the traffic jams behind you, there are suggestions that cycling can reduce stress, improve sleep patterns and boost self-confidence and overall mood. If your route is too far to cycle, how about cycling to/from the bus or train station? And it’s not just for those traveling to work, whether you’re travelling to school, college or elsewhere, leave the car at home this Wednesday!

Did you know…

  • On average, cyclists take one fewer sickness days every year – saving the economy £83m a year

  • Cars give out approximately 22% of CO2 emissions, and cycling to work could save about 6% of your carbon footprint.

  • The estimated annual cost of cycling to work is £396, comparing to £625 and £3727 for train travel and private car respectively.

Over 315,000 miles have been pledged so far! For more information, or to pledge your Cycle to Work Day miles visit the cycle to work day website online at https://www.cycletoworkday.org/ Once pledged, you can get a £30 voucher to spend on ‘Specialized’ and ‘Cannondale’ bikes, and are in with a chance of winning prizes including brand new bikes and cycling accessories. Do not forget to let us know if you take part!


Network Rail submits the final proposals for phase two of the East West Rail Project

The final plans for Phase two of The East West Rail project have been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport. The submission marked a significant step in the progress of the overall project which aims to provide a world class rail link between Cambridge and Oxford. Phase one of the project was completed in December 2016, providing rail travel between Oxford and Bicester. If approved, phase two of the project will allow for trains to run between Oxford and Bedford, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury for the first time in over 50 years.

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Source: Network Rail

The proposed works will involve major track and signalling upgrades, including the reinstatement of a mothballed section of the track, between Bletchley and Claydon Junction. A new station would also be provided at Winslow.  Colin Murphy, from Network Rail, said “Once completed, the new railway will connect communities and businesses along the route and beyond, creating new opportunities for jobs, housing and economic growth”.

The East West Railway Company hopes to begin work on the second phase of the project next year, reducing journey times within the region and bringing together key economic and cultural hubs.

All submission documents are available at www.networkrail.co.uk/east-west-rail. Could these improvements better improve your journey? Let us know your thoughts!



Oxford Bus Company launches ‘Uber for buses’

The Oxford Bus Company launched its ‘Uber for buses’ service this week. The service will offer students, workers and members of the public a new and alternative way to travel and promises to pick up passengers anywhere in East Oxford in under 10 minutes. Through the PickMeUp App (which sent live last Monday) users register and add a payment source. Once registered, the app allows users to order a bus to a virtual stop on demand, set up pick-up and drop-off points and even add extra passengers.

A typical journey costs £2.50, however, if the journey could be made by an existing bus route, this would cost an additional £2.50.

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Source: Oxford Bus Company

The service has been launched in the east of the city to relieve the strain of commuting and improve the connectivity of bus services. The service covers a 12.2 square mile radius, which encompasses Oxford Station, Oxford Science Park, Oxford Business Park, the hospitals and Oxford Brookes University. The bus will operate between 6am-11pm Monday to Friday and 9am-8pm at the weekend.

To promote and encourage use of the new service, the Oxford Bus Company are offering a FREE PickMeUp ride during ‘Catch the Bus Week’, between 2nd-8th July. All you need to do is download the app and enter the code “CATCHBUS” to claim your free journey!



Let’s Ride Southampton!

Come and join the FREE day of cycling fun!

Let’s Ride is an initiative led by HSBC to promote cycling across the UK, involving the closure of roads across major UK cities to host the ‘Let’s Ride’ events. Let’s Ride Southampton will form part of Bike Week 2018, which is taking place nationwide from the 9th-17th June, offering a wide range of cycling events.

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Source: Let’s Ride

Let’s Ride is coming to Southampton on Sunday 17th June, with fun, accessible, traffic-free routes through the city streets between 11am-3pm. There also is no need to drive to the event with qualified British Cycling Ride Leaders guiding routes to the start hub with pickup points from Totton, Eastleigh and Sholing!

Whether you are a keen cyclist or want to bring the family along, get yourself down to the Start Hub at Guildhall Square where there will be live music, food, drink and a range of activities to take part in on the day, including:

  •   Roller racing with Hargroves Cycles
  •   Wattbike Challenge
  •   Bling your bike up with local artists
  •   Electric Bike try out

And so much more, so sign up with the link here


Walk to School Week

The annual Walk to School Week initiative which is run by Living Streets will be taking place from the 21st until the 25th May 2018.

Last year 400,000 children and their families took part in the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits of walking!

This initiative encourages walking amongst children by introducing fun themed challenges to take on when walking to and from school. This year’s theme focuses on the ecosystem, with challenges including the Walking Roots 5-day challenge and happy shoesday. To find out more about the challenges and to pledge click here.

Will you be swapping 4 wheels for two feet?



(Source: livingstreets.org)


Driverless pods in the Lake District

With the increasing shift towards environmentally friendly vehicles many areas within the UK are adopting sustainable travel methods.

The Lake District National Park is set to introduce electric driverless pods which will allow people to visit the National Park in an environmentally sustainable way.

The driverless pods, which were be trailed on the 27th and 28th April are electric self-driving vehicles. The pods use cutting edge technology and include sensors which are used to detect road conditions and obstacles. The pods will be used to transport people in across the National Park in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

A demonstration of the pods will be being held on-site at Brockhole on Windermere, giving the public the opportunity to experience the vehicle first-hand and to share their thoughts on this sustainable transport type.

If the driverless pods succeed at the trails they will be seen as a viable method of transport within the Lake District National Park.


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