We heard last week that Cheshire East Council's bid to the Governments Rural Mobility Fund has passed the first hurdle towards attracting nearly 1.3 million funding to facilitate a 'demand led bus service' which could benefit Audlem and neighbouring rural villages.
I am pleased that the issue of rural transport for Audlem has been identified within this, particularly as I believe the bid was energised by the representations I was able to make regarding ADAPT's concern as to the difficulty to access hospital appointments via the existing bus network as well as connectivity issues for 'Nantwich Rural' as a whole.
To unlock the grant funding the council are now required to draw up a robust business case which is then submitted to government for approval. Both myself and colleagues who attended the Environment Scrutiny Committee today sought assurance that this work will now include community representatives along with local Cheshire East councillors. I am keen to ensure that both post sixteen and home to school transport are enhanced by this proposal.
I enclose a link to the formal Cheshire East Press Statement for information, particularly detail around 'demand led and the proposed booking app'. Please click here
Audlem Ward Councillor