Nidderdale Community Transport scheme launches - and new funding for minibus projects

A new scheme in the Nidderdale area of North Yorkshire is offering local people the chance to stay mobile in the face of poor health, lack of access to public transport or other mobility problems. And now new Government funding is being made available for other Community Transport projects in rural areas to acquire a new minibus that could help them provide services to more people.

The Nidderdale Plus Community Car project is available for Nidderdale residents who need a door-to-door service and are not able to access public or private transport due to mobility problems, a disability, or through living in a remote rural area. Trips might be for doctor or dentist appointments, for shopping locally, for accessing other services or for socialising.

The service is made possible by the dedication of a band of fully trained volunteer drivers who give their time freely to enable this transport to operate.

Now Community Transport Schemes which use minibuses rather than cars could benefit from a new Government funding pot of £25m which has been created to provide hundreds of new minibuses. Community Transport schemes which already have a permit to provide local transport services are being invited to bid for a new vehicle. Full details of how groups can apply will be announced soon as we will of course include the information on our Funding pages.

To book the services of the Nidderdale Plus Community Car project you should contact them at least 24 hours before your journey by calling 01423 714953 or via email. The office is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and there is an answerphone for out of office messages. Fares are 45p per mile but concessions are available - ask for more details.