THE BROMSGROVE Urban and Rural Transport service (BURT) is celebrating after receiving a new minibus.
The bus is a lifeline for residents across the district who have problems with mobility or a disability so are unable to use conventional forms of transport.
BURT is operated by the Bromsgrove and Redditch Network charity with support from Bromsgrove District Council.
The new minibus, which has come about following a year-long fund-raising campaign, is specially adapted for wheelchair users.
It also helps people get to dementia clubs, fitness classes for people with disabilities, life-after-stroke sessions, social activities, friendship groups or even to go for a weekly shop.
The new minibus will enable BURT to offer a more reliable service to a wider number of people.
The old vehicle it has replaced was frequently taken out of service for repairs due to its age.
Gary Roskell, who runs the charity, said: “This will make such a huge difference to so many people.
“We were overwhelmed by the donations we received from trusts, foundations, and local county councillors from their Divisional Funds.
“BURT is more than just a transport service.
“For our users we’re a lifeline, and it was heartbreaking when we had to cancel journeys because our previous minibus was so unreliable.”
He added the feedback from the users on the new minibus had been fantastic.
“It’s easier for passengers with mobility issues to get on board, it’s more reliable, has a smoother ride, it’s cleaner, and it’s far more efficient. ”
Coun Margaret Sherrey, Bromsgrove District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Environmental Services, added: “It’s wonderful so many people across the district have supported BURT and helped enable this real improvement.
“After nearly ten years in service it’s clearly important, particularly in rural areas where residents could otherwise become isolated because of the lack of transport that’s suitable for their needs.”
Visit www.burtrides.org.uk or call 01527 585893 for more on the service or how to volunteer and help run it.