Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: ‘Action must be taken to stop transport poverty’

10:03 10 October 2014

Need to tackle

Need to tackle 'transport poverty'

Community transport operators can play a massive part in reducing the number of people at risk of ‘transport poverty’ but only if the sector receives wide scale support, it has been warned.

Susannah Waters, Chief Executive of Suffolk Community Transport (SCT) - an organisation that champions sustainable travel, says statutory bodies and businesses need to do more to support their local community transport operators.

Ms Waters has spoken out after the charity Sustrans, last week warned the number of people in Suffolk whose life is blighted by transport poverty is set to increase due to a lack of access to cars and public transport, particularly in rural areas. She said: “The recent announcement by Sustrans underlines something we have been saying for a while now, that people in Suffolk suffer a real risk of isolation and an adverse impact on their lives through having inadequate access to transport. However, many of these gaps in service provision can be filled by community transport operators who offer a wide range of services to a wide community demographic. The issue for community transport operators is they are nearly exclusively voluntary groups, with very limited budgets and a facing a high demand for their services.”

Ms Waters said to ensure community transport operators can combat isolation they need support, including from businesses. She added that the SCT are particularly concerned about transport for young people and adults to jobs or training. The group, which represents individual community transport groups across the county, including those in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge and Sudbury are now working with Local Enterprise Partnerships to see how they can ease the problem. To support a local community transport group email enquiries@suffolkcommunitytransport.org.uk or visit www.suffolkcommunitytransport.org.uk

1 comment

  • Remind me again which government abolished the Rural Bus Grant and loaded the costs onto local authorities, whilst simultaneously cutting funding to those self same local authorities? ***SPOILER*** It was the current government.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Friday, October 10, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Starbucks in the Buttermarket which is set to close on March 19th.

A third Starbucks coffee shop is set to open in Ipswich, it has been announced – just a year after the chain pulled out of its store in the Buttermarket.

St Helen's Primary School - demand for places is high

Plans to launch a free school in Ipswich have been unveiled in a bid to meet an increasing demand for primary school places.

Keith Senior is pictured at Jacobs Allen in Bury St Edmunds

Concerns have been raised about how Thursday’s decision to quit the EU will affect mortgage rates and foreign travel.

The A14 heading towards the Orwell Bridge

An accident involving a Honda Civic and a lorry blocked one lane of the A14 eastbound in Wherstead at junction 56, the A137 Wherstead Interchange, this morning.

Ipswich Crown Court.

Police have praised the “immense courage” of a child sex victim after her abuser was jailed for 17 years for a catalogue of offences.

Gemma Edgar's son Noah had his eye removed and underwent proton beam therapy and chemotherapy in Florida

It’s the news every parent fears – but being told her youngest son had cancer was doubly devastating for a Colchester mum – herself diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour little more than a year earlier.

Abellio Greater Anglia

The region’s train operator Abellio Greater Anglia has closed two lines to and from London Liverpool Street this morning due to overrunning engineering works.

The Orwell Walk, Run and Cycle. 
Check point at Nacton Shore

Organisers of this year’s Orwell Walk were hailing the determination of participants after nearly 1,000 people took part despite torrential rain at the start of the event.

Suffolk Rape Crisis is a small charity in Ipswich that supports female victims of sexual violence. 
It is facing a major financial shortage and may have to stop its services unless it can get some extra funding. 
Some of the staff have pulled together and decided to launch a crowdfunding appeal, which will start on Monday. 
L-R Helen Taylor,Louise Hayward,Selina Wagstaff,Shane Begby,Chris Nightingale.

The only charity in Suffolk that supports women and girls who have experienced sexual violence is today launching a crowdfunding appeal as it faces a looming financial crisis.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest tests a motorist.

A drink-driver was more than four times the legal limit when police caught him in Bury St Edmunds, a court heard.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24