Hopper bus gets another useful grant from council

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A vehicle service that helps isolated residents to access shops and community facilities will continue to receive funding support from Ponteland Town Council.

Ponteland West county councillor Veronica Jones worked with the authority, Ponteland Community Partnership and Ponteland Medical Group to get a hopper bus up and running in 2012.

Last year, a bigger vehicle was purchased and there are now 70 people who are registered for the scheme.

At a recent meeting, the town council agreed to contribute £500 towards its costs in the current and next financial year – a total of £1,000.

“The hopper bus is not making a profit, but it is at a level that operator Adapt (North East) is comfortable with,” said Coun Jones, who was in attendance.

“It is highly valued by those who use it. Many people living in Ponteland are stuck when they lose the ability to drive.”

For more information about the weekly service, call Adapt on 01434 600599.