A LAUNCH event for a new community transport service is to be held.
Flintshire Council is working with Higher Kinnerton Community Council to deliver a sustainable community transport service for the area and is holding a launch event on February 1 as part of the Flintshire Community Travel Project.
The aim of the event is to promote the pilot scheme for community based travel in Higher Kinnerton and thank the community for supporting the project so far.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event and potential service users in particular are invited to find out more about using the new Taxibus and Taxishare services.
The new Taxibus service will commence on February 6 and will operate with a fixed route and timetable enabling residents from Higher Kinnerton to access and connect with key services at Broughton.
The Taxishare service will operate as a “ring-and-ride” style service for people who are unable to access or use conventional public transport services in South East Flintshire.
Taxishare will enable people to attend health and medical appointments or connect with the Taxibus service in Higher Kinnerton.
Preparations for similar schemes are under way in another eight areas of the County with the communities of Northop Hall, Connah’s Quay, Penymynydd, Penyffordd, Buckley, Treuddyn, Llanfynydd and Holywell area all working with the Council to develop community transport schemes with route details and timetables in each area being confirmed in the coming weeks.
Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Bernie Attridge, thanked the community for supporting the initiative and said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the community to get involved and support the council’s development of community-based transport.
“Community travel schemes such as this new pilot scheme in Higher Kinnerton are set to play an increasingly important role in the provision of transport for local communities.
“Flintshire is committed to supporting socially necessary transport, but the harsh reality is that we are simply not in a position to afford the same level of bus subsidies and be able to plug the gaps left by the withdrawal of commercial bus services.”
While the difficult financial climate means that the level of subsidy will inevitably reduce over the next three years, Flintshire Council has taken the decision not to remove the transport subsidy completely.
They plan to invest their resources in replacing the current scheduled services with sustainable local “community based transport’’ arrangements.
Cllr Attridge added: “We want to work in partnership with the local communities to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to meeting some of the gaps.
“Access to key services is essential to ensure that vulnerable people in rural communities are not isolated. The council has shown its commitment to local rural communities by introducing these schemes and it will now be up to the community to show their commitment by using the service wherever possible to ensure they become sustainable into the future.”
For more details about the pilot schemes, visit www.flintshire.gov. uk/en/Resident/Streetscene/ Community-Transport-in-Flintshire.aspx