ROLLOUT: Mayor makes Stagecoach buses available to help vaccination rollout
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has once again teamed up with a local bus company Stagecoach to support the rollout of the coronavirus mass vaccination programme.
Working with Stagecoach North East Mayor Houchen has setup a free shuttle service to get local people to vaccination appointments at the Riverside Stadium. The service using buses that are normally part of the Tees Flex fleet, the on-demand bus service introduced by the Mayor Houchen last year.
The move is the latest step taken by Mayor Houchen to support the vaccination effort across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.
As the national effort to get the lifesaving jabs into people’s arms ramped up in early January, Mayor Houchen urged people from across the region to join a ‘Jab Army’ of volunteers to support the local vaccination centres.
Mayor Houchen also urged businesses to guarantee time off for staff who want to volunteer as steward volunteers at a vaccination centre.
In February, the metro mayor arranged for the Tees Flex buses to be used in Hartlepool to help get homecare workers from the town to the University Hospital of North Tees for their coronavirus jab. Allowing them to safely continue supporting the elderly and vulnerable across the town.
Local people with appointments can catch the free shuttle service from Stand 15 at Middlesbrough Bus Station every 20 minutes from 07:45 until 20:05. It will also pick up and drop people off at Middlesbrough Railway Station Stand U on Exchange Place.
The Tees Flex services are operated by Stagecoach North East’s dedicated depot team in Stockton-on-Tees.
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