We have found that supporting and providing services locally is the main way we can improve accessibility.
Many of our Community Grants and BOSH/CRUNCH enable services to be provided in the town so people do not have to travel – including funding activities for the Ramsey and District Day Centre and the Ramsey Community Bus Association.
An important local bus route was threatened with being withdrawn and we led a local campaign highlighting the problems this would cause. This was featured in The Guardian. We commissioned research which showed our bus routes are worse than the average for similar areas and receive a lower than average level of subsidy. This information has been passed onto the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority that is now responsible for transport in our area. On receipt of our report the Mayor of the combined authority accepted an invitation to attend a partnership meeting and the document has been submitted as evidence as part of the authority’s transport consultation.
The Things We Do or Fund to Make a Difference (Activities)
- Promote existing community transport
- Support community transport should funding be removed
- Provide and support activities/services locally to increase access for residents
We Want to Make
- Reduced isolation of those people without access to their own transport
- We will better understand what would work best for Ramsey
- Local people (those without transport) will have better access to services and opportunities
Fewer people are limited in achieving what they want out of life by a lack of affordable transport