New minibuses take to roads

April 02 2020

KINGSWOOD Community Transport operators have been handed the keys to two new minibuses.

South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage, right, and  West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, centre, with community transport operators and their new vehicles
South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage, right, and  West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, centre, with community transport operators and their new vehicles

Community transport teams in Yate and Thornbury also received two new vehicles each and all three will be given two more minibuses each later in the summer.

The vehicles have been paid for with £740,000 funding by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.  

The new minibuses are equipped with Euro 6 engines and will replace some of the oldest vehicles in the operators’ fleets, helping to reduce harmful emissions, as well as lowering fuel consumption and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

Present at the official handover were West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage and representatives from Kingswood Community Transport, Green Community Travel in Yate and Four Towns and Vale Link Transport in Thornbury. Each minibus has been liveried with the branding of the individual operator.

Councillor Savage said: “Investing in transport to keep South Gloucestershire moving and acting on climate change are top priorities for the council, so we are very pleased to be able to help deliver these new vehicles for our local community transport operators.

“The new vehicles will help them continue to provide their valuable services to residents and will bring down fuel and upkeep costs, whilst also reducing harmful emissions and improving our air quality.”

Mr Bowles said: “It’s great to see our Local Growth Fund being used for these new community minibuses which will help even more people to get around the region, and supports our ambitions for clean and inclusive economic growth in the West of England.”

For more information about community transport in South Gloucestershire visit www.southglos.gov.uk/communitytransport