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.