Bus service in cash talks

A LIFELINE community transport service – used by hundreds of pensioners, schoolchildren and people with disabilities – could be in line for a financial boost.

Go START was launched at the beginning of the year to replace Sudbury Town Area Rural Transport (START).

Founder John Phillips is currently in negotiations with Babergh District Council over support for the service.

He said: “The negotiations with Babergh have been very positive.

“The authority has welcomed the work we are doing, and financial support is currently being considered. I am hopeful we will receive some good news in the near future.”

Go START aims to provide a transport service to those who for reasons including age, poor health or living in isolation, find it difficult to lead a normal life.

Its buses provide access to doctors’ surgeries, shops, leisure facilities and public services. It also provides transport services for schools and charitable organisations.

Tim Mutum, Babergh District Council’s project and programme executive, said: “We certainly recognise the value of the services Go START provides to the local community.

“We have opened discussions and are currently looking at ways we may be able to support the new organisation.”

Anyone who can help or wants to support Go START should contact John Phillips on 01787 310840 or 07718 736366.