Sunday, 09 April 2017 21:22

£2m awarded to rural transport groups

Written by  Ruralcity Media
£2m awarded to rural transport groups

DOZENS of community groups have been awarded a share of £2m to help keep rural people on the move.

The money was awarded by the government in the second round of the £25 million Community Minibus Fund.

Some 40 disability, patient, children and school groups will now receive a new vehicle.

The minibuses, which will have up to 16 seats, will improve the lives of people in rural areas by providing crucial links to shops, social events and medical services.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "Community transport is vital for people in rural areas, helping them reach shops, hospital appointments, loved ones, friends, jobs and education.

"We have so far provided 300 minibuses in the first round of the £25 million Community Minibus Fund and they are already improving lives of people up and down the country.

"These extra minibuses will give a further boost and make sure the public can access the places and services they want."

The competition was run with the Community Transport Association (CTA), the membership organisation for community bus operators across the UK.

Bill Freeman, CTA chief executive, said: "The Community Transport Association was thrilled to facilitate this second round.

"These vehicles will make a massive difference to the people and communities they will serve, opening up access to educational and social activities, employment and vital public services."

Mr Freeman said the association was "really pleased" that the government has been prepared to invest in community transport in such a visible way.

He added: "We're already seeing the benefits of this from the first round of the Community Minibus Fund."

A full list of community group recipients is available here.

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