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Disabled transport firm forced to close after funding is cut

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A company in East Staffordshire contracted to provide accessible transport for disabled and elderly people in the community has been forced to close after 20 years because it has had its funding stripped.

East Staffs Mobility Link, which provided a door-to-door pick-up service with its accessible buses across a number of tenders, appointed Cirrus Professional Services as its administrator this month, sparking anger in the community.

Now the company, which provided assistance to around 1,000 passengers, has said that there is still a large demand for its services, especially among charity groups.

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Pat Laughlin, chairman of the board of trustees at Ashbourne Community Transport, which has worked with East Staffs Mobility Link on tenders, told the Burton Mail: “We have noticed there is quite a big demand in Burton. We have been approached by several organisations and groups to see if we can provide services for them.

“We have also kept fares the same. We tried to keep everything the same, which is for passenger confidence and comfort.

“Our passengers are very grateful; I know from our drivers. We have redeployed a full-time driver and one relief driver from East Staffs Mobility Link.”

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