Following months of concern and negotiation, West Lancashire Dial A Ride was confirmed in the West Lancashire Borough Council budget, with an infrastructure grant of £25,000 allocated.
This follows on from their successful bid for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding, ensuring the service is safe to continue operating over the financial year 2022/2023.
Philip Walker, Manager at West Lancashire Dial A Ride added:
“We cannot thank West Lancashire Borough Council enough for this sound investment in our Dial A Ride service, which provides a vital service to help residents access local services. Also, after two years of restrictions it’s more important than ever that people who cannot use public transport have a way to be able to get out, go shopping or just have the occasional coffee with friends.
“In light of rising fuel costs for both ourselves and our customers, this provision is so badly needed to enable us to continue to provide our service and indeed grow and expand to offer transport to more and more elderly, vulnerable, disabled and isolated residents across the borough. Residents can contact us on 01704 893 373 or visit www.wldar.org.uk where they can submit an email enquiry if they prefer.
“My thanks to council officers and councillors and particularly the support from Cllr Gareth Dowling with whom we work very closely with, who found a way to include us in their budget, and who have always been so supportive over the years.”
Cllr Gareth Dowling, portfolio holder for communities and community safety at WLBC added:
“Not only were energy and fuel prices already on the way up including through the increase in the price cap, but the situation in Ukraine has now meant even further rises in the price of fuel, which could be so damaging to an organisation like Dial A Ride.
“I am pleased that the portfolio holder for finance felt we could include this allocation in the budget and we received cross-party support. Now, we will continue to work with and support Dial A Ride to promote its service to our residents and tackle isolation, loneliness and hunger with DAR’s support.”