Minister tours the Vale on community bus service
Published 04 June 2014
Jane Hutt, Welsh Government Minister for Finance, took a trip around the county last week to learn more about developments to the Greenlinks community transport service and to test out the latest addition to the fleet.
The Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan, along with Vale of Glamorgan Council officers, travelled through Gileston, St Athan, and Rhoose while the 12 seat wheelchair accessible bus picked up and dropped off passengers.
During the trip the Minister took the opportunity to speak to a number of passengers and learn about how the service provides many residents of the Vale with a means of both transport and independence.
Following the journey the Vale’s representative in the Senedd said: “Since its launch in January, the new flexible Greenlinks community transport scheme has proved a success. I have received positive feedback about the bus service from constituents in the rural Vale.
This is a professional, accessible and friendly community service and I would encourage more people to pick up the phone to book their seats.”
On the day of the visit the ‘on demand’ service was taking shoppers back to Gileston and St Athan, then picking up residents from St Athan and Rhoose who were taking a trip to Rhoose Community Club and to a local care home.
Operational Manager for Planning and Transport, Emma Reed, who accompanied the Minister said afterwards: “The purpose of the visit was to update the Minister on developments to Greenlinks, particularly the new G1 ‘on demand’ service.
Since February 2014 Greenlinks has undertaken around 1,000 passenger journeys each month. Around half of these have been on the G1 service which has been operating since January. Each one of these journeys has played a role in improving the quality of life of our passengers.
We would like to see as many residents as possible using the Greenlinks buses and if Vale residents would like more information on how to access the service they should visit our website or call 0800 294 1113.”
During her trip the Minister was informed that the Greenlinks buses are driven largely by volunteers who dedicate one day a week to help out in the community. The service would welcome new volunteers and anyone who is interesting in getting involved can find out more at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/greenlinks or call 0800 294 1113.