Grants to fund transport links

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FUNDING totalling £1.4 million has been allocated to Derbyshire’s seven community transport schemes to help elderly and disabled people get out and about.

Derbyshire County Council is also providing £25,000 for a ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme, which provides subsidised bikes, mopeds and help with public transport fares for people who would otherwise have difficulty getting to work or training.

Coun Simon Spencer, council deputy leader, said: “Community transport and the voluntary car schemes do an excellent job in helping people who have difficulty using public transport keep their independence and get around.”

Community transport schemes in Derbyshire are charitable organisations and they use a mix of volunteer and paid driver.

They run about 120 vehicles ranging from small people carriers to 32-seat buses, all of which are suitable for use by wheelchair users, and charge low fares.