Transport service continues to go from strength to strength

A community group providing transport services for hundreds of pensioners, schoolchildren and people with disabilities is predicting further growth as it celebrates its second birthday.

Go START launched a skeleton community transport service around the Sudbury area in January 2011, after a similar organisation folded.

The group now has a team of more than 15 voluntary drivers and a fleet of four vehicles.

Its dial-a-ride service runs four days a week and makes in excess of 250 passenger journeys each month, half of which are for people attending day centres.

Go START’s shuttle service between the upper schools in Sudbury and Great Cornard also makes an average of 370 journeys per week during term time and provides its minibuses for 78 passenger journeys every fortnight for the Sudbury Gateway Club, which supports adults with learning disabilities. New demand has also seen it taking around five passengers a week to medical appointments at the region’s hospitals.

Group founder John Phillips said: “The progress we have made in the last two years has been fantastic and we are now proud to say the Sudbury area has a comprehensive community transport service supporting a wide and diverse section of the community from the elderly right down to young people.

“We also provide transport services for charitable organisations and we predict significant further expansion during 2013.”

For more information about Go START and its services, or to volunteer as a driver, call 01787 242116 or go to www.gostart.org.uk.