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Bid for £2m funding to improve rural bus links for villages

The Swindon Advertiser reports that villages in rural areas close to Swindon could be benefitting from new bus services if bids for £2 million of Government funding are successful

The borough council made two separate bids of £1.05 million each to the Department for Transport’s Rural Mobility Fund, which was set up to improve public transport in rural and suburban areas.

The money would allow the council to set up a 'demand-responsive' transport service, which works depending on passenger need, rather than a fixed timetable.

Vehicles used to provide the demand-response service can include a bus, minibus or a form of taxi.

This would improve connections in rural areas which currently have only a few frequent and reliable registered local bus services that residents can rely on to go to work, hospital appointments, or social and leisure activities.

Full article:

The Swindon Advertiser - Bid for £2m funding to improve rural bus links for villages around Swindon

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