A community bus service is going from strength to strength with the purchase of a new vehicle.
After many months of hard work the Ivel Sprinter volunteers’ efforts to raise funds for the vehicle have been successful.
The organisation, which has been going since 1991, provides a timetabled “hail & ride” mini bus service covering the local villages within an approximate 20 miles radius of Biggleswade, Sandy and out to Bedford, Cambridge & St Neots to enable shopping, medical appointments, the library etc.
It caters for those with no access or limited access to transport, helping them to stay independent.
The group, which is run by volunteers, also has a second vehicle as a back-up & available to local organisations to hire.
A spokesman for the group said: “Thanks are due to the generous support from local Town and Parish Councils and charities including Biggleswade, Sandy, Tempsford, Langford, Northill, Wixham Tree Trust, Potton Consolidated Charities and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bedfordshire Trust to say nothing of several local organisations gifts which have enabled us to take delivery of the new bus – A real boost to us all in meeting local needs.”
The group is also on the lookout for volunteer drivers, able to offer at least one morning a month. Drivers can only be up to the age of 70 because of the prohibitive cost of insurance after that date.
“Our volunteer drivers are mostly retired, and come from many backgrounds - the thing they have in common is that they are all experienced and careful drivers and are committed to helping the community,” said a spokesman.
Timetables are available from the bus, local libraries, some doctors surgeries etc or call 01767 317683 for a copy.
If you would like to help as a volunteer driver call 01767 317103.