Cash for new minibuses at Sheffield and Rotherham community groups

Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind can now replace this old minibus
Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind can now replace this old minibus
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Community groups in Sheffield and Rotherham can now replace vital minibuses after winning government cash.

Pitsmoor and Shiregreen Community Transport, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind in the city centre, Sheffield Dial a Ride in Upperthorpe and Totley-based Transport 17, as well as Rotherham Community Transport have all secured a slice of the Government’s £25 million Community Transport Minibus Fund.

The winners will each receive a nine- to 16-seater minibus tailored to their own needs – such as disability-friendly access and adapted seating.

Steve Hambleton, SRSB manager, said: “It’s fantastic news that we can replace our 13-year-old minibus which is showing significant wear and tear.

“It will be a massive help and will provide a much better experience, especially for our elderly users.

“The bus will be more reliable and reduce our maintenance costs.”

The Department for Transport fund has given vital cash to 300 charities and community groups across the country .

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales, said: “I know firsthand how important transport providers like these can be to keep rural areas alive and protect the independence of local residents.

“They are often the lifeblood of local communities so it is only right that the Government gives them the support that these transport providers deserve.”

After the initial allocation, the department will look to use the fund for additional schemes this summer.