Community transport goes electric!
A NEW electric vehicle that can transport people in wheelchairs has been added to the Kingswood Community Transport fleet.
Operators received the keys to the people carrier alongside their counterparts from Green Community Travel in Yate and Four Towns and Vale Link Transport in Thornbury.
The new Nissans form part of a fleet of 15 vehicles being provided to South Gloucestershire’s community transport operators this year. Six Mercedes Sprinters were handed over in March and six Peugeot Boxers are expected by the end of the year, having been delayed by the Covid-19 shutdown.
The vehicles, which will reduce carbon emissions and have lower maintenance costs, are paid for by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.
South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for transport Steve Readed said: “We are delighted to present our community transport operators with these new electric vehicles. The operators are all ‘not for profit’ organisations that have been impacted by reduced income and service during the coronavirus pandemic, so these vehicles come at a much-needed time and will help them survive this impact and continue to provide their valuable service to our residents.
“This will also complement our climate change ambitions as electric vehicles play a part in reducing harmful emissions on our local roads and improving air quality.”
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Community transport offers a vital lifeline for our residents who otherwise may not be able to get out and about. I’m determined to ensure that we help our communities to keep connected safely – especially overcoming the challenges of Covid-19."
Community transport operates across South Gloucestershire providing a variety of services to help people who cannot use public transport due to lack of availability or for people without access to suitable transport.
During the pandemic community transport groups have continued to provide a limited service for essential shopping, medical appointments and emergency deliveries of food parcels and medicines. From August all the community transport groups have introduced local trips with reduced numbers.
For more information about community transport in South Gloucestershire visit www.southglos.gov.uk/communitytransport