Graham’s riding high with free travel win

A COUNCIL worker has won a year’s free travel in an environmental scheme.

Hartlepool Borough Council worker Graham Jarritt, 59, won an annual Hartlepool Megarider Plus ticket in a competition held during Stagecoach North East’s Green Week.

Graham, from Middlesbrough, entered the competition after seeing a poster on board the Service 1 from Hartlepool to Middlesbrough.

He said: “I can’t ever remember winning anything before so I’m really pleased to have won the Megarider Plus ticket.

“I am a great supporter of green transport and think the environmental logic for using the bus is overwhelming and more people should consider it as a viable option to reduce their own carbon footprint.

“I commute to and from work in Hartlepool everyday so it will save me a full year’s worth of travel costs, which is fantastic. The money that I save will go towards a round trip for myself and my wife to visit our son and his family in Belgium and then to take the night sleeper train to Berlin to visit friends in Germany.”

Stagecoach has launched a comprehensive sustainability strategy nationally and is investing £11m in a range of measures to meet its environmental targets.

Last year Stagecoach North East reduced its energy consumption by four per cent and is on target to improve on that in 2011.

John Conroy, managing director at Stagecoach North East, said: “We’re proud of the steps we have taken so far to become a more sustainable business.

“Being a greener company is at the heart of what we do and Green Week gave us the opportunity to remind people of the benefits of using public transport to reduce their impact on the environment. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our competition and congratulate Graham on his win.”