January 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm #6528
Community transport is about meeting local transport needs on a non-profit-making basis, often involving large numbers of volunteers. A wide range of transport services can be classified as ‘community transport’: including car-sharing and vehicle-schemes; minibus operations; partnership work with between operators and communities to provide ‘feeder’ services to commercial public transport; and door-to-door transport (http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/159230/0043330.pdf).
In Falkirk, the reductions being made in council budgets has seen some ‘supported’ bus services being reduced, with some services being withdrawn entirely. These changes can seriously affect communities, reducing access to services including food shopping, health services and leisure activities. In Falkirk there are already some community transport providers, including: Dial-a-Journey, which offers a door-to-door service; and more specialised services like Driving Force and Meadowbank Cars 4U which offer transport to people from specific areas of Falkirk to Glasgow and Edinburgh for cancer treatment. There are also areas looking at establishing their own community transport projects, including the new Bo’ness and Area Community Bus Association SCIO.
Here at CVS Falkirk, we facilitate the Community Transport Forum, which seeks to bring together those from community groups and other third sector organisations who have an interest in community transport, the current providers in the area, and those who work with people who would utilise community transport services. The forum allows for the sharing of information, experience and knowledge; as well as helping to identifying the level of need, and examine potential solutions for community transport in the Falkirk Council area, and links to neighbouring areas of Scotland.
Do you think there is a need for community transport in your area?
Who would use it, and for what purpose?
How would you use it?
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