There are many places in Scotland which have a lack of access to public transport. Particularly in rural areas, there may be areas not covered by bus routes, or the surrounding area may not be able to support a taxi service. Community Transport exists to bridge that gap wherever possible.
The CTA defines Community transport as ‘safe, accessible, cost-effective, flexible transport run by the community for the community’.
Community transport shows what can be done when people take responsibility for solving their own problems. It mobilises and engages local communities, as it is provided by charities and voluntary organisations (which are often very small and local), and harnesses the experience and energy of volunteers who give freely of their time to help others.
Community transport is about freedom and fairness of opportunity. It meets the needs of people who do not have access to cars, taxis or buses, and provides a lifeline in both rural and urban areas. It takes disabled people to work, children to school, sick people to healthcare and older people to the shops. It runs local bus routes and provides transport for a wide range of clubs, voluntary bodies and care homes.
The CTA have been very involved in the development of the Accessible Travel Plan, seeking to ensure that decisions made take into account barriers to Community Transport growing in Scotland to support its disabled people to travel. As a member of the Accessible Travel Steering Group, the CTA have helped to shape the future of accessible travel and the need to include Community Transport in the conversation.
Community Transport Association:
People shape the services they want and community transport makes it happen’
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