Transport improvement for communities

Communities in Northummberland are being invited to ‘Get Going’ for better transport through a new fund.

The Get Going Fund is open to community and voluntary sector organisations, parish and town councils working in partnership with Northumberland’s community transport operators to pilot new and sustainable ways of providing community transport.

Northumberland County Council is providing £100,000 of central government funding for community transport through Round 4 of the fund intended to boost community transport and the communities they serve across the County.

‘Get Going’ could assist communities where the existing public transport is not physically accessible, does not operate to the desired destination or at suitable times, or on the right days.

The fund can pay for such costs as setting up a travel club to organise group travel for local travel needs, providing volunteer training and help to pilot a local community bus service.

Other items will be considered where they help to increase the longer term sustainability of community transport services or operations.

Previous rounds of the Get Going are currently supporting a range of community transport initiatives across the county, including funding projects which help older people, those in rural areas and those without transport available to access community transport, including the Newbiggin Nipper, Wansbeck Assisted Shopping Project and Cramlington Clipper.

The closing date for applications is Friday 5 July.