Businesses in Western Approach offer exclusive bus service to colleagues
Local employers, Lidl and Tesco, have joined forces to initiate an employee bus service to their sites in Western Approach. The service aims to boost recruitment and staff retention.
The service is designed to assist the local community with subsidised travel to work and matches the start and end of shifts with the bus timetable.
Western Approach is notoriously difficult to get to by public transport so the businesses have joined forces with local business support enterprise, SevernNet, Bristol-based intelligent mobility innovators, Esoterix Systems, and Stagecoach, one of the UK’s five major bus operators (which has recently taken over Wessex’ operations in Bristol), to address the problem.
“We’ve been at Western Approach for nine years now. It is well connected regionally with easy access to major motorways but it has always been difficult for people to get here without a car.” Says Matt Jackson Distribution Centre Manger at Tesco Regional Distribution Centre. “Through this service, we aim to overcome that hurdle.”
“Having just moved into our new distribution centre here at Western Approach, we’re pleased to be supporting this scheme and helping to make it as easy as possible for our teams to get to work”.
“As we continue to recruit for warehouse roles, we hope that future Lidl team members will also be able to take advantage of this service.”Says Graham Clark Regional Director for Lidl.
“We are working to build a sustainable and subsidised passenger transport service that costs a Lidl or Tesco employee £1.80 to get to work (£3.60 return). The bus has 47 stops from Little Stoke through Filton, Southmead, Henbury, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and Avonmouth. We are currently looking for more employers to get involved with the service so we can grow it.” says Kate Royston of SevernNet.