Chiltern Dial-a-Ride in expansion ‘challenge’
Branch takes over service but desperately needs funds
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.”
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.”