Bus scheme still growing

THE founder of a community transport service says demand is growing as the organisation prepares for a rush of Christmas shoppers.

John Philips set up Go START – a scheme which provides transport to pensioners, schoolchildren and people with disabilities in the Sudbury area – at the beginning of the year.

“The need for the service is building all the time,” said Mr Philips. “We cater for all kinds of people and the demand is there.”

Earlier this year, Go START was handed £100,000 from Babergh District Council with the money earmarked for three new vehicles, taking its total to five.

Mr Philips said that although these vehicles were not yet part of the organisation’s fleet, they would be arriving soon.

“We have two vehicles but are awaiting delivery on another three,” he said.

“They are being worked on and will help us improve our dial-a-ride service while giving transport to more wheelchair users.”

In last week’s Free Press, it was claimed the scheme was struggling to cope with an influx of users from the Suffolk Patient Transport Service, but Mr Philips said this was not the case.

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