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Clacton: Vital transport charity boost
9:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A TRANSPORT charity which provides a lifeline for vulnerable residents has added two new minibuses to its fleet to keep up with demand.
Tendring Community Transport, which has been running from its Clacton base for 15 years, provides vital transport for elderly, frail and disabled people around the district.
It has now taken delivery of two new Mercedes minibuses, bringing its fleet size up to 11.
The charity shelled out £180,000 for the new vehicles, with £25,000 coming from Tendring Council’s Big Society Fund.
Bosses say the new additions were vital with demand for the service soaring.
Since its inception there has been a 90 per cent rise in demand for dial-a-ride journeys, and a 20 per cent hike in demand for the charity’s hospital hopper bus.
Charity chairman Ray Hansen said: “We were delighted for the significant contribution from Tendring’s Big Society Fund and the rest of the money came from our own vehicle replacement fund.
“We are very proud of the work we do in partnership with Essex County Council, Tendring Council and our other stakeholders which has resulted in a further reduction in the rural isolation and social exclusion experienced by many residents.”