New buses for community transport group
Green Community Travel is to have its oldest vehicles replaced thanks to a share of £800,000 in government funding.
The charity provides essential travel and social trips to help people retain their independence if they are unable to use public transport.
The new vehicles will reduce emissions and ongoing maintenance costs and use less fuel. They’ll also offer a more comfortable journey for passengers.
The grant was the result of a successful bid by South Gloucestershire Council to the Local Growth Fund. It was awarded by the West of England Joint Committee (WECA).
Chair of Green Community Travel, Cllr Marian Gilpin said: “There are many different groups of disadvantaged people in our communities, and many who can’t get to a bus stop, or use a regular service. Organisations like ours attempt to assist them all – having a tremendous effect in combatting loneliness and isolation.”
“We are truly grateful to receive this funding as it is otherwise difficult to assemble enough money to be able to replace our vehicles and continue to perform these valuable services.”
Council Leader Cllr Toby Savage, who represents the Authority within the West of England, 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 value the administration attaches to community transport and the role it provides across the district.”
Four Towns and Vale Link Transport and Kingswood Community Transport will also benefit from new vehicles.