Get on board with funding for transport

Community cash is up for grabs to get new transport initiatives on the road.

The Get Going Fund, administered by Northumberland County Council, offers financial assistance to pilot new and sustainable ways of providing transport for local communities.

Funding of £150,000 has been made available from the Government to boost community transport, and grants are available to community and voluntary sector organisations and parish and town councils, working in partnership with Northumberland’s community transport or taxi operators.

The initiative can assist where the existing public transport is not easily accessible, does not run to the desired destinations, or at the times it is most needed.

The fund can help with costs such as setting up a club for group travel, providing volunteer training, or piloting a community bus service, but other schemes will be considered where they increase the longer-term sustainability of community transport services.

Previous rounds of the fund have supporting a number of local initiatives, including the Ponteland Hopper service.

County Policy Board Member for Streetcare and Environment Ian Swithenbank said: “We are really pleased that central government has given this funding and we are confident that it will be spent for the best benefit of the people of Northumberland.”

The next round of funding closes on Friday, June 6.

For an informal discussion about the programme contact Community Transport Officer Jan Chisholm on 01670 624087, or email