Transport service gets £180k boost

Erewash community transport
Erewash community transport

A scheme in Ilkeston which provides journeys for those who cannot use conventional public transport has received a huge £180,000 to boost to its service.

Erewash Community Transport, which provides the door-to-door and wheelchair-accessible minibus services to those of limited mobility, will receive the cash from Derbyshire County Council.

The boost comes out of a share of almost £1.5 million which has been divided among seven community transport schemes across Derbyshire.

It is hoped the money will enable the community transport schemes to provide a wider range of journeys for those in the community who are limited due to age or disability.

Cllr Frank Phillips, a member of Erewash Borough Council and director at Erewash Community Transport, welcomed the funding.

He said: “We are delighted to have received further support from Derbyshire County Council and to have the importance of our service to the community recognised.

“We hope this money will help to cover the shortfalls we have encountered with the service.”

He added: “We are currently looking into proper steps to prevent such shortfalls occurring in the future, particularly as our current contracts are coming re-tender.”