Changing the shape of community transport

SPT is continuing to push forward with pioneering community transport (CT) work as the first official meeting of the Public Social Partnership (PSP) took place last Wednesday, 28 May.

The PSP is made up SPT representatives, CT providers and other interested parties, who are all now working closely together to improve the provision and delivery of demand responsive transport (DRT) throughout the region and to build the capacity of the CT sector.

Backed by the Scottish Government, the PSP is working towards piloting innovative DRT solutions for local communities by working closely with those that have the relevant skill and expertise.
Last week’s meeting signifies the official start of the vital work that the PSP aims to provide, although the project itself officially launched in January 2014.

Robert MacKenzie, PSP Project Co-ordinator said:
“The need for CT has rocketed recently due to increasing demand as well as the continually challenging financial climate, one example of this is the big increase in demand for SPT’s MyBus service in recent years.
“By designing, trialling and testing innovative pilot DRT services before they are tendered and by growing the CT sector we hope to help bridge the demand gap and assist the CT providers to participate in service delivery as much as possible.”