Better Transport Options Will Improve Darlington

3rd April 2024
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Improved travel choices can only benefit the local community

Many things impact how nice an area is, or how many people want to live here. It is easy to take things for granted if you think they don’t directly affect you, but poor transport options eventually impact all lives in a community.

At Anthony Jones, we look at all aspects of Darlington life that impacts the property market. This ensures we are well-placed to offer assistance and guidance to anyone looking for help with local moves.

In a recent revelation, Tees Valley's bus services have come under scrutiny for being among the lowest ranked in England. A survey conducted by the transport watchdog, Transport Focus, revealed a mere 76% passenger satisfaction rate within the region.

Additionally, the patience of passengers is being tested with waiting times being flagged as some of the poorest nationally, with only 60% satisfaction rates. Despite these challenges, the dedication and performance of bus drivers have not gone unnoticed, earning widespread appreciation from the community.

There have been issues with transport in Darlington

The transport scene in Darlington experienced a significant setback last year, with Arriva discontinuing numerous routes due to unresolved concessionary negotiations with local authorities. Although alternative operators have stepped in to fill some of the voids, the aftereffects of these reductions are still felt across various communities.

Furthermore, the overall bus usage has yet to bounce back to its pre-pandemic figures, casting a shadow on its recovery prospects.

Local transport is essential for communities

The vitality of robust local transport systems cannot be overstated, especially in the context of the housing market. Efficient and reliable public transport not only enhances the attractiveness of an area to potential homebuyers and renters but also contributes significantly to the sustainability and accessibility of local communities.

The ease of commuting to work, schools, and other essential services is a key factor many consider when choosing where to live. Therefore, the current challenges faced by the bus services in the Tees Valley could have far-reaching implications on the local property market, potentially influencing decisions of current and prospective residents.

A concerted effort towards improving these services could not only enhance daily life for the community but also strengthen the appeal of Darlington as a place to call home.

Cllr Roz Henderson spoke at the meeting, with the Darlington & Stockton Times reporting her saying: “This is tinkering around the edges because the real problem is the dreadful bus services that Darlington residents are seeing. I appreciate some bus services have been saved, but we’re still maintaining a poor service. What are we doing, as a council, to ensure the residents can see some real improvements to the frequency and coverage rather than the decline?”

Contact Anthony Jones for all Darlington property matters

If you are looking for help with any matter of the Darlington property market, it is best to speak to property professionals. No one knows for sure what is going to happen next, so we won’t claim to have all the answers, but the Anthony Jones team is keen to help you as best we can. If you would like to contact us over housing matters, please call us today on 01325 776424.

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