GNE celebrates carbon cutting passengers

Go North East has been getting the message out that its customers collectively save CO2 emissions equivalent to planting over one million trees every year by choosing the bus over the car.

Passengers take over 48 million trips a year with the Go-Ahead-owned operator. It says based on detailed calculations, these trips will amass a carbon saving to match a 1,500-mile line of trees stretching from Newcastle to Rome.

“It’s truly remarkable to reflect on the environmental impact of bus services” – Ben Maxfield, Business Director for Go North East

Ben Maxfield, Business Director for Go North East, said: “It’s truly remarkable to reflect on the environmental impact of bus services. By choosing to travel by bus, our customers have collectively saved the same amount of CO2 that it would take over a million trees to absorb.”

Ben continued: “We wanted to showcase just how much carbon our fabulous customers have saved, so we ventured into the beautiful Kielder Forest in Northumberland to celebrate their amazing achievement. It’s not just about numbers; it’s about real, tangible change in our environment.

“This is all thanks to collaboration with The North East Combined Authority, Nexus, Durham and Northumberland Councils, and the Department for Transport. As partners, we are working together to boost bus use through a government-funded Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). Together, we’re planting the seeds for a greener future.”

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