Community groups win minibus funding

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Three groups in Devon are among those to benefit from the second round of the £25m Community Minibus Fund.

Bideford and District Unit 35 of the Sea Cadet Corps, Ivybridge and District Community Transport Association, and Community Equality Disability Action are among 40 disability, patient, children and school groups to secure funding, Devon Live reports.

The minibuses, which will have up to 16 seats, will improve the lives of people in rural areas by providing crucial links to shops, social events and medical services.

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Bill Freeman of partnership organisation Community Transport Association, said: “The Community Transport Association was thrilled to facilitate this second round. These vehicles will make a massive difference to the people and communities they will serve, opening up access to educational and social activities, employment and vital public services.

“We are really pleased that this government has been prepared to invest in community transport in such a visible way and we’re already seeing the benefits of this from the first round of the Community Minibus Fund.

Transport minister Andrew Jones added: “Community transport is vital for people in rural areas, helping them reach shops, hospital appointments, loved ones, friends, jobs and education.

“We have so far provided 300 minibuses in the first round of the £25m Community Minibus Fund and they are already improving the lives of people up and down the country.

“These extra minibuses will give a further boost and make sure the public can access the places and services they want.”

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