What's the best way for you to get to work?

Maps and more to find your way to work during the Let's Go Tees Valley Commuter Challenge

There are so many different ways to get to work, so think about which way is best for you! Plan your journey with Google, Arriva, National Rail, or download a walking and cycling map to help you find your best route.

Small changes lead to BIG results


How are you going to travel?

To help you plan your journey, try Google Maps [external link] or another app to work out how far you travel to/from work and decide how you would like to commute to work. 


Walking is man's best medicine. ~ Hippocrates



The easy way to up your physical activity without going to the gym!

  • It's cheap - it takes around 20 mins to walk a mile, it doesn't cost a penny and you don't need any special training or equipment. Just lace up and get going!
  • It's easier than going to the gym - the latest advice is to do three lots of 10 brisk walking a day, to raise your heartbeat and get fitter. The number of steps is also important - 6,000 per day maintains your existing level of health, 10,000 steps per day improves your fitness. 
  • It's good for your mental health - time to decompress and clear your head. Being outdoors is well known to improve our sense of happiness and wellbeing.

Try using Google maps to work out how far your walk is and how long it will take. Sometimes, combining modes will work best for your journey. Find what works best for you. 



Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein
Cycling in Stockton


If your bike is sitting in the back of the shed, now is the time to dust it off and take it for a spin!

Download a cycle map

Getting around by bike is a whole lot easier when you know where you're going. We've got cycle maps for the Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Stockton areas to help you find the best route for you.

Darlington map

Hartlepool map

Middlesbrough map

Redcar map

Stockton map

Getting a bike

Speak to your employer about the Cycle to Work Scheme salary sacrifice scheme to get a tax free bike and accessories, spreading the cost over time. Or head to one of the local Active Travel Hubs to ask about getting a second hand or new bike at low cost.

Looking after your bike

Visit or call our local Active Travel Hubs for repairs or check out some bike maintenance courses and learn to do it yourself. Or watch some of our basic bike maintenance videos to get you started.

Cycling kit

You will need:

  • A bike
  • A helmet
  • A lock
  • Er, that's it.

You might also want panniers or a rucksack to carry your things to work. 


Did you know that 94% of homes in the Tees Valley are within 400m of a bus stop?

Bus operators in the Tees Valley

Take the bus and let someone else do the driving!

Finding your route

For operators, maps, routes and how to plan your journey by bus, check out the bus information section of our website.

For rail information and maps in the Tees Valley, visit the train information section of our website. The Arriva app is free to download directly to your smartphone.

Ask your employer about the Arriva Employer Travel Club to make your travel even cheaper.

Get Google on your side

Google maps will also let you know which bus operator is operating a specific route and you can even set a reminder to leave work on time to make your chosen bus or train departure time. Check it out!



The Tees Valley is served by 5 operators and 28 stations, running from Hartlepool to Nunthorpe, Bishop Auckland to Saltburn.

relax on the train

Sit back, relax and let the train take the strain. There are services running throughout the Tees Valley from early in the morning until late at night, so you can get to work stress-free.

To check train times and fares, visit National Rail Enquiries. You can also download the app to your smartphone for info on the go.

Download the Tees Valley train map below to find your nearest station


Tees Valley train rail map



The typical driver spends 106 days of their life searching for a parking space!

Car sharing

Find a friend doing the same journey as you and you could both save money on fuel and car parking costs. Ask around, send an email or ask your HR department to help you find people that might be interested. 

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September 2019 Commuter Challenge Chris

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