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Council helping to keep wheels turning


Following the announcement by Cotswold Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) that they have gone into administration, Gloucestershire County Council officers have been working hard to keep communities connected.

CVS provided vital community transport services around the county, including the Cotswolds and Stroud, which are affected by this announcement.

However, council officers have been working with trustees to ensure that much of the community transport work can be picked up by another provider.

Substitute bus services have already been put in place with other suppliers to help people access essential services.

One supplier is running the Wotton Hopper No. 288 service from this week, while county council staff are ensuring that the 27 and 278 services (Tetbury - Yate and "Tetbury Dolphin") carry on as normal.

Two council commissioned home to school minibus contracts have also been picked up by another supplier to run from today.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, transport and infrastructure, said: "When we heard that the Cotswold Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) had gone into administration, council staff started working to ensure services could continue.

"We know these services are vital to help rural communities to thrive, which is why we've protected their budget.

"I'm pleased we've been able to find alternative providers for the routes affected by the closure of CVS."

The council has today announced that Community Connexions will offer Dial a Ride and Voluntary Car services for the South Cotswolds and Stroud areas from Monday 18th April. You can contact them by phone on 0845 680 5029.

Further information will be announced and updates published on the council's website as soon as more details are available.

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