A NEW community transport initiative has been launched to help residents in Redditch get to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The service, only for those who can't use public transport, will cost around £30 and is being provided by volunteer drivers who will pick up from people's homes.

It is hoped that Community Transport Connections will help enable residents to get to their appointments and to visit loved ones. 

The scheme is being delivered as a partnership by the county's council’s existing Community Transport (CT) operators, is funded by the Department for Transport's Total Transport initiative and supported by Worcestershire County Council and healthcare providers.

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said she was delighted that the scheme was now up and running.

“After the hopper bus scheme came to an end in August I was anxious to see a replacement service in place as soon as possible, and so I am delighted at this announcement this week, although of course I do regret that residents have been left with no service for a few weeks," she said.

“I’m also pleased the Department for Transport's Total Transport initiative has been able to part-fund the scheme which will offer an individual, patient focussed service supporting those who are unable to travel to do so.”

Residents will need to register for the service and pre-book their journeys a minimum of 48 hours in advance. 

Fares and eligibility criteria apply for the service. 

People can call the booking line (0300 323 9965) Monday to Friday from 9am and 4pm for more information.

Anyone who can help support it in either an admin or driver role is urged to call the same number to find out more. 

Training is provided and expenses paid.