Transport fund open for bids

Communities in north Northumberland have a chance to improve transport links in their area through the latest round of a special funding pot.

The Get Going Fund is open to community and voluntary-sector organisations or parish and town councils working in partnership with the county’s community transport or taxi operators to pilot new and sustainable ways of providing transport for local communities.

Northumberland County Council is providing £150,000 of central government funding for community transport through rounds eight and nine of the fund.

Get Going could assist communities, for example, where the existing public transport is not physically accessible, does not operate to the desired destination or at suitable times, or on the right days.

The fund can pay for such costs as setting up a travel club to organise group travel for local travel needs, providing volunteer training or helping to pilot a community bus service.

Other items will be considered where they help to increase the longer term sustainability of community transport services.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, 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 for the people of Northumberland.

“We would encourage Northumberland communities to see how they can apply and use the funding in their areas.”

For an informal discussion, call Jan Chisholm on 01670 624087 or email

For an application form, contact Declan Langan on 01670 624748 or Declan.lan