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Town Rider Funding Success

Hundreds of people with mobility problems in Bridgend County Borough will soon be able to get around more easily - thanks to a successful bid for two new vehicles for our innovative door-to-door “Town Rider” community bus service. 

The ‘Town Rider’ project run by registered Bridgend Community Transport, has been awarded more than £36,600 from the EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme towards the purchase of two new fully accessible minibuses. 

The scheme will help people living in isolated areas, wheelchair users, adults with additional learning needs and other vulnerable people to access essential services including healthcare and community and educational activities. 

Town Rider started in April 2014 and already there are over 100 registered users for the service. Drivers travel door-to-door and help passengers board and alight. 

Town Rider is targeted at people who find it difficult to use mainstream buses,” said Treasurer Kerry Lane. “Many of the passengers report they had been unable to make journeys previously but can now access key services and community activities, including retail and grocery shops, where they are contributing to the local economy. 

Demand for the service is quite unprecedented, and recent partnership working with social services has identified significant opportunities to help adults with a learning disability who require transport to community-based activities - significantly improving their opportunities for greater independent living.” 

The SEWCED award will allow Bridgend Community Transport Ltd to buy two new fully-equipped accessible minibuses, replacing two existing ageing vehicles. 

Councillor Mel Nott OBE, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “This initiative is going to offer a huge advantage to some of the county borough’s most vulnerable residents, and will help ensure that they can access local facilities, shops and services that many of us take for granted.” 

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