A TRANSPORT project which helps residents get to and from the Worcestershire Royal Hospital from Redditch is coming to an end.

The pilot was introduced by Worcestershire County Council and its partners in September 2017 thanks to funding from the Government's Total Transport initiative.

Connections to Health, hosted by Droitwich Spa and Rural Council for Voluntary Service, focusses on transport for patients and visitors travelling to the Alex and Worcestershire Royal hospitals from Worcester, Redditch and the rural area in between.

The aim was to help people who cannot travel by other means get to their healthcare appointments.

With the funding coming to an end on June 30, representatives from the county council are currently discussing the future of the service.

Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said the pilot has ensured hundreds of journeys could be made to vital medical appointments for those who would struggle to make them otherwise.

"We've worked closely with Community Transport (CT) and other partners in health to ensure this service runs smoothly since September 2017," he said.

"We'll continue to work together to agree a follow-up to the recommendations of the summary report on the initiative."