Passenger transport was where it all began for The Rural Development Trust and it’s still a big part of what we do now.
The Rural Development Trust started a Community Bus Scheme in 2004 to improve access to transport for community groups and not-for-profit organisations in rural South Lanarkshire, particularly those supporting young and older people. The original initiative was extended in 2007 into Cambuslang and Rutherglen following a substantial award from the Big Lottery Fund. The Trust’s membership based community transport services support over 100,000 passenger journeys each year.
To address the issues of sustainability and interdependence, the Trust had detailed discussions with South Lanarkshire Council in 2009. Following a commercial tendering process the Trust was awarded four contracts to pilot two initiatives that formally link the provision of school transport services, community transport and other demand responsive transport based around Crawfordjohn, Wiston and Crawford Primary Schools.
The Rural Development Trust encourage staff and parents from all local schools to undertake MiDAS volunteer driver training with the Trust to maximise use and further enhance the value for money provided by their vehicles.