Coach company links up with Center Parcs to improve transport to Woburn Forest

Grant Palmer, MD of Flitwick bus company Grant Palmer.
Grant Palmer, MD of Flitwick bus company Grant Palmer.

Flitwick-based coach company Grant Palmer Limited and Center Parcs have teamed up to improve the public transport connection to their new village, Woburn Forest, which is opening soon.

Center Parcs began talks with Grant Palmer six months ago when recruitment for the new team was well underway, to work with the existing bus service, the number 42, which currently serves Bedford, Elstow, Ampthill, Flitwick, Houghton Regis and Dunstable.

The project also involved planning for a new chartered service for the Parcs’ housekeepers to get to work on Mondays and Fridays, the holiday village’s changeover days.

The Center Parcs HR and purchasing teams have been working with Grant Palmer with route planning for both services for many months and have agreed a contract which is expected to provide an economic boost to the local transport service.

As well as financial benefits, the services will reduce the number of vehicles to Woburn Forest, will be more sustainable, reduce the number of cars on the local roads, provide flexible travel for the Housekeeping team and will also better utilise the existing services provided by the bus company to the local area.

The new journey for bus 42 and the Center Parcs chartered service for housekeepers has already begun and is expected to take hundreds of staff to work at the new Center Parcs Village for the foreseeable future.

The bus service also works in tandem with a new cycle route which was created when Center Parcs started building Woburn Forest in 2012.

This will provide staff living locally with the option to either use public transport or cycle to work.

Grant Palmer, managing director of Grant Palmer Limited said: “As a locally owned and operated bus company we are delighted to be involved in this exciting project which will enhance the public transport connections within the local area.

“We have seen continued growth on our 42 and 44 bus services within the Flitwick and Ampthill area and now with additional journeys due to our partnership with Center Parcs, I’m sure this will continue.”

Samantha Stevenson, assistant category buyer at Center Parcs, said: “Our company has a strong ethos of protecting the environment but also looking after our team and the local area.

“This has been true on all of our villages and we are pleased to now be providing good public transport and sustainable transport options to the new team at Woburn Forest.

“We have been committed to working with local suppliers wherever possible and are pleased to be working with Grant Palmer to bring colleagues living locally into work using local services.”

Grant Palmer Limited was established in 1999 and provides a number of bus services throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.