Chiltern Dial-a-Ride in ex­pan­sion ‘chal­lenge’

Branch takes over ser­vice but des­per­ately needs funds

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Chiltern Dial-a-Ride is to ex­pand to take on trans­port ar­range­ments in Wy­combe.

The Wy­combe Dial-a-Ride ser­vice will be closing on March 31 and will be taken over by the Chiltern branch.

The Chiltern Dial-a-Ride (CDAR) is based in La­timer Park, near Che­sham, and pro­vides a trans­port ser­vice to those in the com­mu­nity with re­stricted mo­bil­ity who are not able to drive them­selves or to use public trans­port.

Chair­man of Chiltern Diala-Ride David Ou­vry said: “It is quite a chal­lenge for us to take on the Wy­combe dis­trict ser­vice, but we are a great team, with op­er­a­tions be­ing led by our se­nior trans­port of­fi­cer, Jo Fran­cis-Gow, and fi­nances un­der the watch­ful eye of our trea­surer Tony Tagent.”

IN­VALU­ABLE: Jewel

Dial-a-Ride vol­un­teers Paul Bin­sted and John

CDAR, which has char­ity sta­tus, was set up in 1989. It has a fleet of six minibuses, all with wheel­chair ac­cess, and a team of trained, car­ing driv­ers, 20 of whom are vol­un­teers.

It pro­vides a door-to-door, round trip ser­vice for hos­pi­tal/health cen­tre ap­point­ments, day cen­tre vis­its, shop­ping, so­cial vis­its and group ex­cur­sions.

Mr Ou­vry added: “Right now, we are look­ing for vol­un­teer driv­ers to help us specif­i­cally in Wy­combe Dis­trict. And right now we need to pur­chase two more minibuses with the ex­pan­sion. We are in ur­gent need of fund­ing for this – we are look­ing for in ex­cess of £30,000.

“We have al­ready made a start, but any help would be enor­mously ap­pre­ci­ated.

“We look for­ward to ex­tend­ing to Wy­combe Dis­trict the high stan­dard of ser­vice we al­ready give to this most im­por­tant and de­serv­ing part of our com­mu­nity”.

Cabi­net mem­ber for trans­porta­tion at Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil, Ruth Vig­orHed­derly, said: “While it is un­for­tu­nate that Wy­combe Dial-a-Ride is hav­ing to close, we are de­lighted that there will be con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice for res­i­dents who rely on diala-ride ser­vices to get around.”

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