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Falkirk bus service given a boost

Order of Malta Dial a Bus received money from the Scottish Government

Order of Malta Dial a Bus received money from the Scottish Government

 

A community transport service will invest in a new Mercedes-Benz minibus after a cash boost from the Scottish Government.

Order of Malta Dial-a-Journey Ltd, which covers Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannan, received £34,000 from this year’s Community Transport Vehicle Fund.

The bus, expected to join the fleet in July, will be a boon to the 13,000 Falkirk residents with mobility problems who use Dial-a-Journey’s door-to-door service every year.

Duncan Hearsum, the service’s chief executive said: “We are delighted. We have not had investment in the fleet in five years and without the Government’s intervention, we would not have had a new vehicle this year.

“In the past three or four years, the pot for new vehicles has been used trying to keep the service going, so this money has kick-started our vehicle replacement fund.”

Dial-a-journey was one of 29 third sector community transport operators sharing the £1 million fund.

 

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