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Under-threat community transport scheme running between Great Cornard and Glemsford granted funding extension

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

John Phillips. (5269669)
John Phillips. (5269669)

A community transport scheme, which provides a lifeline to passengers, has been granted an extension.

Charity GoStart recently launched a trial bus service, which operates from Great Cornard to Glemsford.

The community scheme offers low-cost transport services to pensioners, people with disabilities and voluntary groups.

The service has been extended by Babergh District Council, which funds the scheme, until December, when it is to be reviewed.

Charity treasurer John Phillips welcomed the decision and highlighted the importance of the community service.

“We are pleased we are keeping it going,” he said. “Elderly and disabled people couldn’t make a single journey; they were having to change buses.”

Mr Phillips raised concerns last month over the shortfall of passengers, but hopes the service will benefit more people in the future.

“We have seen a small increase in passenger numbers, which is good and reassuring,” he said.

“We know that there are passengers who need a direct service to Sudbury Health Centre from Cornard, Glemsford and Melford.

“This is particularly the case for anyone who has limited mobility or uses mobility aids such as a wheelchair.

“We have also seen a few passengers who have used the service in order to go shopping.”

Mr Phillips hopes to see the service continued in December to provide passengers with stability and independence.

“We would like to think we can continue for the foreseeable future,” he said.

Margaret Maybury, cabinet member for communities at Babergh District Council, praised the service.

“This is a great community initiative and the council is pleased to be able to continue to support community action that looks to improve the quality of life for our residents,” she said.

“As a direct transport service, it opens up many opportunities for its users. The service may seem simple to some, but the impact that it has is far reaching in the lives of vulnerable people getting the support that they need.”


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