Ford’s Chariot expands routes

Ford’s Chariot ride-sharing shuttle service has launched its first European routes tailored for companies and campuses.

The operation began operating in London earlier this year. It provides a ride-sharing minibus service that connects commuters living and working in areas underserved by public transport with nearby transit hubs. Now, Chariot is expanding its focus to serve companies and out-of-town campuses where access by public transport can be difficult. The idea behind it is to cut the reliance on cars to get to work, therefore reducing the number of vehicles on the road to improve commutes for everyone.

The first new Chariot route is a collaboration between Chariot and sustainable transport group, easitNETWORK. The service is available for commuters travelling between Stockley Park (near to Heathrow Airport on the outskirts of west London) and Hayes & Harlington Station, a major transport hub served by TfL Rail, National Rail and, from next year, the new Elizabeth Line. The free easitSTOCKLEY PARK Shuttle Bus operates during weekday morning and afternoon peak times, taking a direct route between Hayes & Harlington station and the Stockley Park campus. A further service, the Lunchtime Shopper, connects Stockley Park and the nearby Intu Uxbridge Shopping Centre.

Chariot offers a smartphone app that lets bus users book a seat and track their vehicle’s progress in real time. The 14-seat Ford Transit minibuses used on the services feature, air-conditioned interiors, designed to allow passengers to travel and work in comfort. The service will be free to anyone with the Chariot app on their smartphone until 1 December, after which it will only be available to easitMEMBERS.

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