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Stagecoach East Midlands launch 'smartcommute' card for NHS staff

08 Jan 2020

A new partnership between Stagecoach East Midlands and Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust will provide employees at King’s Mill Hospital with more than 30 percent off bus travel when they join the ‘smartcommute’ scheme.


All Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust employees in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire are eligible to join, providing low price, unlimited bus travel within the area for both commuting and leisure journeys.


The ‘smartcommute’ scheme aims to partner with businesses in the region to provide a viable cost-effective bus travel option which will help reduce congestion, pollution and car parking issues. It has already been successfully implemented with the NHS Trust Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and the Lincoln Business Improvement Group.


Matt Cranwell, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Midlands said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust, who are demonstrating their commitment to employee well-being. 


“The smartcommute scheme will reduce the cost and stress of travelling to work as well as reducing the Trust’s carbon footprint by taking more vehicles off the road.”


Ben Widdowson, Associate Director of Estates and Facilities at Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The smartcommute travel options are a great way for us to support our staff and ensure that they are travelling to and from work safely after long-shifts. 


“The regular services which cover Mansfield and the many villages and towns in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire run from early morning until late in the evening. With the benefit of 30 percent off bus fares we are sure the smartcommute cards will be very popular.” 


Organisations like the Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust, automatically collect payments through registered employees monthly wages to contribute towards their smartcommute card. 


The smartcommute scheme will be offered to staff at the Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust from January 2020. 


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