Bus scheme’s cash boost

SUDBURY’S community transport service Go START is to receive a share of a grant worth more than £350,000.

The funds – provided by the Department of Transport – will be used to form the Suffolk Community Transport group, which will champion community transport issues and put in place a three-year strategy to enhance voluntary transport services.

The organisation will aim to support, improve and increase the sustainability of 19 such operators in Suffolk, including Go START, which was set up last year to provide transport for pensioners, people with disabilities and school children.

Group founder John Phillips said the grant of £362,000 would be put to good use.

“It is no exaggeration to say that without community transport services, particularly in rural areas, many groups and organisations would simply not be able to function,” he said.

“We are delighted the importance of community transport has been recognised.”

The new organisation, which has already appointed five directors to its board, will work closely with Suffolk County Council, meeting regularly to exchange information and views on the development of community transport in the county.