All aboard! Partnership with local bus company boosts transport links to Woburn Forest

Grant Palmer is working with Center Parcs to provide our employees with a more sustainable way of getting to work

Center Parcs has a strong ethos of protecting the environment
Center Parcs has a strong ethos of protecting the environment
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Center Parcs has a strong ethos of protecting the environment
Center Parcs has a strong ethos of protecting the environment

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between Center Parcs and Flitwick-based coach company Grant Palmer Limited, which will gear up the public transport link to our new Village, Woburn Forest.

Housekeeping service
Discussions with Grant Palmer began six months ago to work with the existing bus service, the number 42, which currently serves Bedford, Elstow, Ampthill, Flitwick, Houghton Regis and Dunstable. The project also involved planning for a new chartered service for Center Parcs Housekeepers to get to work on Mondays and Fridays, which you’ll all know are the changeover days at our Villages.

Grant Palmer, Managing Director of Grant Palmer Limited says: “As a locally owned and operated bus company we are delighted to be involved in this exciting project which will enhance the public transport connections in the local area. We have seen continued growth on our 42 and 44 bus services in the Flitwick and Ampthill area and now with additional journeys due to our partnership with Center Parcs, I’m sure this will continue.”

“We are delighted to be involved in this exciting project which will enhance the public transport connections in the local area” – Grant Palmer

Our Human Resource and Purchasing teams have been working with Grant Palmer for many months to agree route planning for both services, and the contract is expected to provide an economic boost to the local transport service. The bus services will also reduce the number of vehicles coming in and out of Woburn Forest, provide flexible travel for the Housekeeping team and better utilise the existing services provided by the bus company to the local area.

Committed to local suppliers
Samantha Stevenson, Assistant Category Buyer at Center Parcs said: “Center Parcs has a strong ethos of protecting the environment but also looking after our team and the local area. We have been committed to working with local suppliers wherever possible and are pleased to be working with Grant Palmer to bring colleagues living locally into work using local services.”

As 90 per cent of the Woburn Forest team will be travelling from within 15 miles of the Village, we’re sure this bus service will provide hundreds of staff members with an easy and more sustainable way of getting to work. The bus service also works in tandem with a new cycle route which was created when we started building Woburn Forest in 2012. This will provide staff living locally with the option to either use public transport or cycle to work.

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