MP hits out over clo­sure of work­ers’ trans­port

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WEST Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has hit out at the clo­sure of the Skelmers­dale Em­ploy­ment Tran­sit scheme.

The taxi scheme was funded by de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions, se­cured through plan­ning per­mis­sions for de­vel­op­ment on Pimbo In­dus­trial Es­tate.

It pro­vided trans­port to work for many Skelmers­dale res­i­dents, where ad­e­quate trans­port is a real bar­rier peo­ple wish­ing to work.

Now Lan­cashire County Coun­cil has an­nounced it will no longer be ad­min­is­ter­ing the scheme as West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil in­formed them they are no longer in a po­si­tion to fund it.

Ms Cooper MP said: This taxi scheme has been a life­line to hun­dreds of work­ers for many years who oth­er­wise had no means of trans­port avail­able to them to get to work.

“Many travel for shift work early in the morn­ing or late at night, or use the scheme for stan­dard work­ing hours where pub­lic trans­port doesn’t ser­vice.

“Res­i­dents and busi­nesses are con­tact­ing me to ex­press their frus­tra­tion and the im­pact this will have on their lives and their busi­nesses.

“Some work­ers could end up un­em­ployed if they can’t find al­ter­na­tive means.

“I have writ­ten to both West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil and Lan­cashire County Coun­cil to get an up­date on the sit­u­a­tion and see what can be done to sup­port those work­ers af­fected.”

Rosie Cooper MP

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