Bus service continues aim to help others

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The progress of a community transport group launched in Sudbury nearly three years ago is to be outlined during a meeting later this month.

Go START was founded in January 2011 to provide a range of transport services for pensioners, people with disabilities, community groups and schoolchildren.

The group was set up to replace a previous organisation, which folded after running out of funding, and began life with a skeleton service.

On October 30, the service’s annual meeting will be held at Sudbury Town Hall and those attending will hear how they now have more than 15 volunteer drivers and a fleet of four vehicles.

“Once again, we have made huge strides forward in the last year and we are very proud to be providing the Sudbury area with a comprehensive community transport service, supporting a wide and diverse section of the community,” said founder John Phillips.

The group’s dial-a-ride service makes in excess of 275 journeys each month, while its shuttle service between secondary schools in Sudbury and Great Cornard averages 370 journeys per week. Its minibuses provide 78 journeys every fortnight to Sudbury Gateway Club.

Go START also takes between five and 10 passengers a week to medical appointments.

“When we started, our objective was to provide a transport service to those, who for reasons including age, poor health or living in isolation, are restricted in their desire to lead a normal life and we feel we have gone a long way to achieving that aim,” said Mr Phillips.

“However, we feel demand will only increase in the coming years and we must continue to plan carefully for that.”