Cumbria community transport services get £288,000 grant

A grant of £288,000 is to be spent on developing community transport services across Cumbria.

It is a second wave of funding for the council from the Department for Transport, since April 2011.

It will fund sustainable and flexible transport solutions in partnership with commercial and community groups.

The funding may be carried forward to future years if this allows transport solutions to develop and become more sustainable.

'Difficult to move'

All 76 local transport authorities across the country that receive the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant will benefit from this type of funding.

Councillor Tim Knowles said: "Community transport is especially important for a rural county such as Cumbria.

"In particular, residents who live in the beautiful but most rural parts of the county can find it difficult to move around Cumbria than those in urban areas.

"This grant will help us develop important services that people need and will be a big step towards developing the county's transport connections."

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