Amber Valley to benefit from one million pound transport scheme grant

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A transport scheme in Amber Valley is to be one of seven county-wide schemes across Derbyshire to share £1.491m in grants from Derbyshire County Council.

Each scheme will receive £186,347, although CT4TC, which covers Chesterfield and Amber Valley, will receive double the amount.

The grants are to enable the community transport schemes provide a range of journeys for people who are unable to use conventional public transport because services are limited or because of age or disability.

They run door-to-door, wheelchair-accessible minibuses, many with passenger assistants, and cars driven by volunteers for people to get to essential services such as the shops and healthcare appointments.

Councillor Andy Botham, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “Community transport plays a vital role in Derbyshire in helping people who would otherwise find it difficult to get out and about keep on the move and so retain their independence. I’m pleased that we can continue their funding next year at the same level it has been this year.

“These services also make an important contribution to supporting employment in Derbyshire. They provide jobs for drivers and passenger assistants, as well as providing volunteering opportunities and help for people with poor travel options who would otherwise find a lack of transport a barrier to work.”

The council is also set to continue its funding of £50,000 to the Wheels to Work project – aimed at ensuring that young people can get to work or training opportunities by loaning a moped or bike.