Minister launches Community Transport Fund with Bristol Community Transport
Norman Baker, Minister for Transport, launched a series of transport initiatives during a visit to Bristol on Thursday, inviting colleagues from Bristol Community Transport along as he unveiled an extension to the Supporting Community Transport fund.
The extension to the existing Supporting Community Transport fund is great news for Community Transport organisations as it provides a further £10m of funding aimed at supporting and kick-starting community transport, particularly in rural areas.
From left to right: Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of the West of England Joint Transport Committee and South Gloucestershire Executive Member for Transport; Jan Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Community Transport; Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport; Cllr Tim Kent, Bristol City Council Executive Member for Transport; Jude Winter, Deputy Chief Executive of HCT Group
Both Jan Jones, who heads up our operation at Bristol Community Transport, and Jude Winter, HCT Group’s Deputy Chief Executive were invited to attend and had the opportunity to discuss the role of Community Transport with the Minister. Also, BCT were asked to provide transport for the launch as a great example of a social enterprise and effective Community Transport provider.
Jan Jones said, “We really welcome the Minister’s announcement of extra funding for community transport. Although Bristol Community Transport is based in an urban area, we provide much needed transport for those in surrounding rural areas to get to health appointments and support services within Bristol. Access to key services is vitally important to ensure that vulnerable people in rural communities are not isolated”.