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Community roadshow comes to East Riding

Community Transport Association Event

Community Transport Association Event

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION ROAD SHOW COMES TO EAST YORKSHIRE

A Driffield councillor is urging people to support an incentive designed to promote community transport initiatives in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and to look at how this important transport sector is developing and benefitting local communities.

The Community Transport Association (CTA) represents the needs and aspirations of nearly 1,500 member community transport groups across the UK.

It tours England each spring as part of an annual road show that provides CTA members and non-members with an opportunity to engage with the leadership and look at the big issues in community transport and consider how the sector is currently responding.

This year, the Yorkshire and Humber Road Show is being hosted by Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council and Community Transport Operators in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council supported the event, as community transport services are an integral part of the largely rural area’s local transport network, providing access to services and facilities for a large number disadvantaged, vulnerable and geographically isolated residents and complementing the services provided by the commercial bus sector.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Effective community transport can be of great benefit to local communities and East Riding of Yorkshire Council has and will continue to work with local residents to help them to meet the needs of their passengers. Sound financial planning and careful forward budgeting helps the council to help residents.”

The event also showcased national and local ambitions for community transport development. CTA Chief Executive Bill Freeman introduced the CTA’s new strategy for 2104–2017 and Peter Shipp, chair and chief executive of EYMS Ltd and two of the East Ridings four CT Operators, discussed local initiatives to integrate commercial bus and community transport services.

For further details about community transport, contact Colin Walker, rural policy and strategy officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, on (01482) 391697 or email colin.walker@eastriding.gov.uk or David Boden, interim group manager for transportation services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, on (01482) 395501 or email david.boden@eastriding.gov.uk

 

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