Community transport scheme urges people to climb on board

September 28 2015

PEOPLE who cannot use public transport are being encouraged to register with a community scheme ahead of winter so they can get out and about more easily.

PEOPLE who cannot use public transport are being encouraged to register with a community scheme ahead of winter so they can get out and about more easily.

Green Community Travel runs a ring-and-ride service from its base just outside Yate for anyone who needs to go shopping or to their GP, as well as taking people to and from hospitals and offering day trips.

It has a total of 14 vehicles available to use, with three minibuses going out every day on the ring-and-ride trips.

But manager Jenny Bright said there were still a number of people unaware of the service provided and who struggled to go shopping, meet appointments or have a day out because they could not use conventional transport.

She said: “We help people who are unable to access public transport in the South Gloucestershire area. At this time of year especially, those who don’t know about us might be worried about the forthcoming winter and how they are going to get out.

“But all they have to do is contact us and we can help them.”

The minibuses are suitable for people who have difficulty with mobility but the vehicles can also be used to overcome a lack of public transport in certain areas, such as rural villages, and to help anyone who feels isolated through not being able to get out easily.

The organisation gets some funding from South Gloucestershire Council and parish councils but it is not enough to keep up with demand for its services.

Jenny said it also relied on a team of volunteers to run the office, drive the cars and buses used to transport people and to be part of the management committee.

The service operates through people registering for £20 and then paying a small sum each time they use a bus or car.

To find out more, phone 01454 228706 to speak with the organisation.