Community groups have been granted funding to buy minibuses to improve mobility in rural areas.
40 disability, patient, children and school groups will receive a share of £2m funding to purchase a new vehicle. This is part of the second round of the £25m Community Minibus Fund.
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.”
Goups in Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire and Dorset will all receive new minibuses thanks to the initiative.
The competition for funding was run in partnership with the Community Transport Association, which is the membership organisation for bus operators in 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.
We are really pleased that this government has been prepared to invest in community transport in such a visible way and we’re already seeing the benefits of this from the first round of the Community Minibus Fund.”