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Council moves to keep residents on the go

Issued 7 January 2015

communitytransportmoped New Forest District Council is giving its support to community transport schemes which help keep vulnerable residents on the move.

The council agreed (7 January 2015) to contribute £45,700 towards keeping current community transport services on the road. These include New Forest Call & Go, which allows the elderly and disabled people to get out and about; the Wheels to Work moped scheme for young people, and New Forest Community Transport Services which supports Community First New Forest voluntary transport.

The funding is shared in joint partnership with Hampshire County Council, which is expected to contribute a similar amount. The decision to provide funding will allow the transport services to run for a further two years up to 2017.

Councillor Paul Vickers, New Forest District Council's portfolio holder for planning and transportation, said: "It is vital that we continue to support our residents by providing community transport services.

"The New Forest is a large rural area and many residents do not have a car or access to existing bus routes, so it is important that this council supports alternative transport schemes to enable these groups to get into our towns and to work.

"Without this help, sectors of our community would become isolated."

Although there has been a reduction of some bus services in the district, the community transport funding will allow the current level of service to be maintained.

NFDC has agreed to contribute around £26,000 to Call & Go; £12,400 to NF Community Transport and £7,300 to Wheels to Work.

Updated: 3 Mar 2015
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