Funding from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has helped Glasgow-based community transport provider North Area Transport Association (NATA) buy a new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus compliant with the city’s low emission zone (LEZ).
SPT has awarded £95,000 from its grant funding to NATA, which has purchased a 16-seat low-floor Euro6 Sprinter to replace an older minibus used in the city centre.
NATA promotes participation in society for all socially excluded target groups in the area by providing accessible, affordable and reliable community transport that links effectively with local services.
SPT chair Cllr Dr Martin Bartos says:“NATA plays an essential role in this area, providing accessible, affordable, and reliable community transport services to a wide range of community groups and organisations. It helps those who often feel most excluded and isolated, whether elderly, disabled, young people or any other vulnerable group, take part in community life and access many essential services.
NATA’s operations director Robert Woodrow says: “Without the support of SPT and this substantial grant funding we would not be able to carry out our work in this community. Every day we carry up to 100 passengers who all need a little bit more help and assistance, or even just time, to get about whether it’s to the city centre for shopping, attend appointments or to meet up with other groups. We also help get some children to school who would find it much more difficult without our service.