Bus scheme reaches milestone

THE impending arrival of three new vehicles at a community transport service is a vital step forward, according to the group’s founder.

Go START, which lays on transport for hundreds of pensioners, people with disabilities and schoolchildren in the Sudbury area, will take delivery of a new nine-seater minibus and two smaller five-seater vehicles today.

The latest additions take the group’s fleet of buses up to five and means it can now expand its dial-a-ride service – currently operating three days a week – to run for five days each week.

It will also be able to provide further transport options to other organisations in the town, including schools and charity groups.

Go START director John Phillips, who set up the service last January, said: “The arrival of the new vehicles is a huge milestone for the organisation.

“Go START doesn’t only provide transport for the elderly but for all sections of the community, including people with disabilities, students, local organisations and even people needing transport to work.”

The service plays a crucial role in many people’s lives, whether it is taking them to the doctor’s, shops or leisure activities.”

A £100,000 grant from Babergh District Council was used to buy the new vehicles.

“We are really pleased to see that the funding provided will make a real difference to local communities within Babergh,” said a district council spokesman.

“These buses will truly help to improve public transport to places that our communities use every day but have no other public transport options available to them.”

q Anyone wanting to register with Go START, book a journey or just requiring further information should call 01787 242116.