Friday, 15 March 2013

First Community Transport Scheme Is Just The Ticket

A new transport scheme that has been designed by the community it serves is due to take to the road on 18 March 2013.

The Cambridgeshire Future Transport 7a service will link Hinxton, Heathfield, and Whittlesford with Sawston and, for the first time, the Park and Ride at Babraham. This will help residents get to work, education, training and health services, such as the Sawston Medical Centre, as well as shopping and leisure facilities.

The new bus service for the Whittlesford area will not only be an improvement on the old one, linking to more places and being more regular, but will also save the Council tens of thousands of pounds.

The service will run on a loop of every one hour and 15 minutes - the current service runs every two hours.

The Cambridgeshire Future Transport scheme will see £1.5 million per year invested in transport services across the county which are designed by the community to meet their needs.

Members of the community have worked with Cambridgeshire County Council to design a service that best meets their needs and will help reduce social isolation.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Tony Orgee, Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, said: "This service has truly been designed by the community to most meet their needs and reduce isolation in rural areas. The solution emerged from work we did with a local working group which included local members, users, the district, local businesses and operators and I would like to thank them for all their help. Not only is the new service an improvement, linking to services that the Citi7 didn't, but it also runs at more regular times than the current service and costs less. This is part of the Council commitment to plan our services around the needs of the communities we serve."

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Tim Stone, Local Member for Duxford, said: "I have been working hard with local parish councils and the community to make sure we get the best service. I welcome the suggested service that now, with the help of residents, has been designed to link in with transport, health, education and leisure facilities. As we have discovered from the number of lively meetings, the route may need to change. So I am glad that the County Council has agreed to keep ridership under constant review so that any necessary changes can be made in the light of experience."