County wins transport award

Pioneering work to improve community transport in East Sussex has won the county council a national award.

The Community Transport Association awarded the authority joint second place in the Best Local Authority category, highlighting it as an example of “best practice”.

One of the latest schemes set up under a project to encourage the growth and expansion of community transport schemes is the Uckfield dial-a-ride which started on March 1.

The North Wealden Community Transport Partnership was awarded £10,200 towards financing the extension of the Eastbourne Dial-a-Ride door-to-door shopping.

The county council has also given £500 to the town’s Age Concern to help get elderly people to hospitals and clinics.

Councillor Matthew Lock, Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “We are working to encourage new community transport schemes in the county by providing one-off grants to people interested in setting up a scheme or expanding one that is already running.

“I would encourage anyone who would like to see a community transport service in their area to contact us for more information, get involved and make it happen.”

*The Community Transport Awards were presented in Manchester. Pembrokeshire County Council won the award for Best Local Authority. East Sussex was joint second with the London Borough of Bexley.

See also: Dial-a-ride bus service on trial

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