£1.2million grant to fund rural bus service - The Leamington Observer

£1.2million grant to fund rural bus service

Leamington Editorial 16th Mar, 2021   0

SOME £1.2million has been has been granted for a rural bus service in Warwick and Kenilworth.

The money will fund four vehicles to transport up to 70,000 passengers a year.

The Department of Transport says the service will run from 7am to 7pm and benefit areas where there are infrequent bus services and a lack of stops which. The department says this will help people get to and from work, particularly big businesses such as Volvo or IBM.

Government says it is the most ambitious shake-up of the bus sector in a generation.

Residents will be able to book a mini-bus via an app at a time convenient for them.

Fares will be set with a daily price cap so people can use it as many times a day as needed without facing mounting costs.

Transport minister Baroness Vere said: “Buses are the life-blood of our communities. They get us to work, to school and to see friends and family. Put simply, they help us make the little everyday journeys that make up our lives.

“In places where people are more dispersed, and the distance they need to travel is longer, it can be harder for traditional, timetabled bus services to truly meet their needs.

“The funding we are announcing today will give local authorities the opportunity to trial services that work better for communities – such as wheelchair-accessible minibuses that can be booked on an app on request. The schemes will help people who’ve had limited transport links for too long get to where they need to be.”

Staffordshire County Council also received some £1million in funding to connect older people to towns in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness.

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