Business community promotes shuttle bus for employees

Public transport commuting encouraged.

IM Properties, the new owner of Bythe Valley Park in Solihull, is drawing more attention to its free shuttle bus service in a bid to encourage park employees to commute via public transport.

With approximately 2,700 employees working for the park’s 24 companies each day, a figure which is set to increase with the site’s continued development, IM properties is keen to increase awareness of the free service.

As part of the awareness drive, the property company has invested in colourful, eye-catching liveries for the shuttle buses, ensuring they are visible throughout their journeys from Solihull and Birmingham International to, and around, Blythe Valley Park and aiding the mission to encourage public transport use. The service, which is operated by Solihull-based transport service provider LandFlight, runs 16 daily shuttles, each accommodating up to 60 people, between the park and the two rail stations.

Rob Hemus, asset manager at IM Properties, said: “Since acquiring Blythe Valley Park in 2014, IM Properties has been committed to developing business facilities and transport links at the park for our tenants. By providing complimentary and convenient connections between the park and nearby rail stations, we encourage visitors and employees at the park to use public transport for their commute. We are pleased to be working with LandFlight to provide this free and essential service to our tenants.”

Danny Matthews, director at LandFlight, said: “Blythe Valley is one of the most prominent business parks in the Birmingham area and connectivity is exceptionally important. We’re really pleased to be working with IM Properties to provide this valuable service to the park’s occupants and visitors and support the continued growth of business in the region.”

The 2M sq. ft park, which was bought by IM Properties in 2014, has seen much activity since the new ownership, including the development of its new on-site coffee house Java Lounge and the recent pre-lets to Prologis UK and Rybrook.

Deborah Fennell, Park Manager at Blythe Valley Park, said: “This bus service not only helps us reduce our collective carbon footprint but also ensures that parking demands continue to be met without impacting on the space and facilities we can offer businesses. LandFlight’s commitment to high-quality service and professionalism perfectly complements IM Properties’ dedication to creating meaningful relationships with the occupiers, making them an obvious choice for our shuttle service.”

LandFlight’s Blythe Valley shuttle service runs from 7:20am to 9am and 4:10pm to 6:35pm Monday to Friday, full timetable details are here.