BOSSES at the county council have agreed to offer £340,000 to community transport providers in rural areas to soften the blow to villages which have seen bus services scrapped.

In addition Gloucestershire County Council has helped Community Transport providers secure £220,000 of social enterprise funding to improve current services.

Old bus vehicles are to be offered to voluntary groups to encourage them to provide transport.

Concessionary bus passes will be accepted on all timetabled community transport routes that replace a withdrawn bus service.

The plans will be discussed by GCC's cabinet at its meeting tomorrow (Fri) Cllr Chas Fellows, cabinet member for economy and environment, which includes transport, said: "In some cases, particularly rural areas, there’s not enough demand for a traditional timetabled service but there is still a need for some form of transport to help get around.

"Community Transport can fill that gap and provide a more appropriate and sustainable service."

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