Workspace provider Regus is offering free business lounge access at its centres in Tyne and Wear for World Car Free Day on Friday 22nd September.  The initiative is designed to help professionals avoid a car journey into work, and instead work from a professional environment within walking or cycling distance from home.

World Car Free Day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day in favour of walking, cycling or using public transport and hundreds of cities and towns across the globe are expected to mark the occasion.

Unnecessary carbon emissions, wasted time and loss of productivity are just a few of the negatives associated with a lengthy car journey to the office.  According to the latest research, the average UK commute increased from 27 to 29 minutes between 2011 and 2016, adding a total of 14 hours of commuting time for drivers each year.

The Regus business lounges in Tyne and Wear are ergonomically designed and equipped with high-speed connectivity to enable workers to turn-up, plug-in and be productive rather than battle through the rush-hour crowds.

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus comments: “This World Car Free Day, we’re encouraging people to do their bit for the environment by reconsidering whether they really need to drive to the office every day. We are offering them the opportunity of working for free at their local Regus centre so they can try out a greener, healthier way of working.  

“Lengthy car journeys to work are expensive, tiring and have devastating effects on the environment.  We’re asking business owners and senior managers to consider whether the fixed workspace model is still necessary in today’s connected age, especially as flexible workspace alternatives exist in nearly every town throughout the UK.”

The Regus centres in Tyne and Wear are located at: 30 Cloth Market at Newcastle upon Tyne, 116 Quayside at Newcastle upon Tyne, and Maingate Team Valley at Gateshead.