A BUS service which provides a lifeline to Stratford residents will be given a funding boost.
The £295,000 a year UBUS service, funded by both Stratford District Council (SDC) and Warwickshire County Council, will receive a further £154,000 from county chiefs.
SDC has agreed to retain the service – which collects people from their home and takes them to an agreed destination – for a further five years
The buses currently run during weekdays between 9.30am and 2.30pm and are fitted with ramps or tail lifts to ensure they are accessible for everyone including wheelchair users.
The financial boost will allow for concessionary passes, operating hours to be extended and the geographical coverage of the service and vehicle numbers to be increased.
A recent citizen’s panel – a public assessment relating to services in the area – revealed the ‘dial-a-bus’ service was the second most supported district project after homelessness prevention.
District community spokeswoman Coun Jo Barker said: “Social and rural isolation are major local challenges given the rurality of Stratford district. The UBUS plays an important role and lifeline for many to help combat this.
“By allocating resources in a different way, the county council has been able to increase its funding contribution for the UBUS service. This has enabled the district council to maintain its current funding level, while at the same time residents can benefit from an enhanced service. A winning combination all round.”
Call 01789 264491 for more information and to register for the service.