New Funding for Minibuses to Community Transport Operators in Rural Areas

300 communities win share of £25 million minibus fund

Hundreds of minibuses will support charities and revitalise local communities.

More than 300 local charities and community groups across England will receive new minibuses from the Department for Transport’s £25 million community transport minibus fund.

DSCF6593Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that hundreds of vital community groups from across the country will receive additional support. £25 million will be made available to provide hundreds of new minibuses to community transport operators in rural and isolated areas.

The scheme will support voluntary organisations as they provide vital services for people in rural communities with limited transport choices.

The funding will help elderly residents, people with learning and physical disabilities and those who do not have access to a commercial bus service.

The minibuses will improve the everyday lives of people in rural communities and provide a vital link to medical services, shops, and social events.

The new fund means that organisations who already provide a service to the local community can bid for a minibus. Smaller operators and those who help out in rural areas will be favoured in the scheme.

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