SPT allocates nearly £1 million to support community transport projects in Strathclyde

Posted: 7 May 2024 | | No comments yet

In Strathclyde, numerous community transport projects have received substantial funding from SPT, empowering operators to deliver crucial services for people with special needs, children’s programmes and disadvantaged groups.

SPT allocates nearly £1 million to support community transport projects in Strathclyde

Credit: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has announced that it has approved funding of almost £1 million to bolster 18 key community transport (CT) projects across the region. These crucial funds will aid in sustaining and expanding essential transport services catering to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Despite facing significant financial constraints, SPT acknowledges the crucial role played by community transport operators in ensuring equitable access to goods, services and facilities for vulnerable groups within local communities.

SPT Chair of the Operations Committee, Councillor David Wilson, said: “These much-needed transport services are designed to promote and support the delivery of high quality, reliable and accessible transport to communities across the SPT area. Without community transport, it would be much more challenging for the disadvantaged and more vulnerable groups to access goods, services and facilities within their local communities.”

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Several community transport projects in Strathclyde received significant funding from SPT, including grants for special needs club transport, children’s Playscheme transport, services for the elderly and accessible transport for disadvantaged groups.

Recipients of these grants include Community Transport Glasgow (CTG), North Area Transport Trust (NATA), South Ayrshire Community Transport (SACT), Coalfield Community Transport (CCT), South West Community Transport (SWCT), Larkhall District Volunteer Group (LDVG), Getting Better Together (GBT), Community Central Halls (CCH), Ardgowan Hospice, Blantyre Volunteer Group (BVG), Glenboig Development Trust (GDT), Community Transport East Renfrewshire (CTER), Port Glasgow Voluntary Trans-Port Group (PGVTG), East Kilbride Community Transport (EKCT) and Renfrewshire Council SOOPiR Bus. 

These allocations underscore SPT’s commitment to fostering inclusive and reliable transportation options for communities across Strathclyde, particularly those facing mobility challenges. The funding will enable Community Transport operators to continue their invaluable work in enhancing accessibility and promoting social cohesion throughout the region.