Access to transport is key to improving the lives of people in rural areas, and statistics show that the proportion of car ownership is higher in rural areas. However, there are still many people who do not have access to a car and it is these people, as well as the activities of community groups, that we try to serve with our community transport operation.
Our ethos is focussed on making better use of public sector spend by integrating transport operations, and better integration is needed if we are to improve rural transport sustainably.
Over the past 6 years we have been delivering what we describe as a community centred transport project. This involves delivering extra work for schools as part of the mainstream transport contract as well as delivering services for the community when the vehicles are not required by the school. We engaged a consultant to evaluate the project and the final report can be downloaded here
RDT busses can also be used by members of community groups provided they have the requisite driving license and a MIDAS certificate, which we can assist drivers to achieve.
The project is being expanded and interest has been shown in the project by other council areas. If you click the menu item "21st Century Transport" you'll see what we are planning for the future.