Community transport gets cash lifeline

December 21 2018

COMMUNITY transport in South Gloucestershire will benefit from a record grant of £800,000.

The cash injection will help transform services provided by Kingswood Community Transport, Green Community Travel in Yate and Four Towns and Vale Link Transport in Thornbury.

The money, the largest single investment for South Gloucestershire’s community travel, was awarded to South Gloucestershire Council at a meeting of the West of England Joint Committee in Kingswood.

Old vehicles will be replaced by the new Euro 6 engined vehicles which will provide a range of benefits, from reducing harmful emissions, fuel consumption and ongoing maintenance costs to offering an enhanced experience for service users and helping to make essential services and facilities accessible to all groups in society.

Kingswood Community Transport chair, Downend councillor Janet Biggin, said: "We are delighted to receive this vital support to upgrade our service and our fleets and are pleased to see this council and the West of England understand our vision for bringing public transport to the community. 

"This funding will give us the chance to replace some of our oldest vehicles, re energising the service for generations to come."

Cllr Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: "I am proud to see this funding go towards new vehicles across South Gloucestershire. 

"This is the largest single ever investment in our community transport fleet and is a testament to the vale the administration attaches to community transport and the role it provides across the district."