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Bus Bonus! Great news for Community Project….

Added: 6 January 2017

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North Salop Wheelers Community Bus Project have operated community transport in the Wem to Whitchurch corridor for a little over 13 years now. Their aim is to provide accessible, affordable transport to the less fortunate members of society in their area. The scheme operates two minibuses and a black cab which have wheelchair carrying capability, they also have a brand-new bus which has low floor access and can be booked for outings for families and groups. Residents, visitors and holidaymakers in the area can become members of the scheme.

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With the disappearance of local authority funding the majority of village transport has been handed over to the voluntary sector, consequently the aim of NS Wheelers is to become self-funded. Last month the community transport project received a cheque for £45,000 from the Morgan Foundation, this is great news for the scheme and the non-driving villagers of north Shropshire as NSW now have three years in which to secure further funding. Having said that task ahead won’t be easy one with more and more groups applying to and relying on charitable funding which is an ever-shrinking pot as we here at DHI appreciate only too well.

The schemes destinations include Market Drayton, Hanmer (to connect with a bus service to Wrexham), Wem and Whitchurch with pickups from a large number of small villages including Woore, Hinstock, Whixall, Bettisfield, Cockshutt, Preston Brockhurst, Tilstock, Higher Heath, Prees, Prees Heath and Fauls Green. Downloadable time tables are available on their website which, although services are fully bookable, gives a broad outline of the running times.

NSW appreciate that they can’t operate alone and invite any town and parish councils leaders, community groups or individuals interested in transport to help with their work, so that they can continue to help those without access to motor car get out of their homes and conduct their daily business. So, if you find yourself at a loose end and would like to help personally please get in touch with the project using the contact details below:

Contact & Booking Line – 01948 880037 (John Harrison)
Text & Ride – 07943 275757
Email - js.harrison@btinternet.com
Web - www.northsalopwheelers.co.uk