The following has been received from Cheshire East:
May 15, 2012
Statement: East Cheshire Community Transport (providers of Dial-a-Ride in Crewe)
A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “We are disappointed to hear that East Cheshire Community Transport can no longer sustain Dial-a-Ride in Crewe.
“The service has been provided by a charity that has always had the customers’ welfare at heart”.
“But unfortunately, despite our continued financial support, this independent operator has been unable to sustain this operation so that it is viable in this tough economic climate where fuel and other costs are rising”.
“Despite our generous grant of £81,000 on April 1, the operators have informed us that they will cease trading as from 6pm today (May15)”.
“Our main concern now is the individuals who rely on the charity to access day care and schools. We can confirm that we have swiftly sought other providers to ensure that schoolchildren affected will receive home-to-school transport immediately”.
“Around 60 adults, who rely on the transport to access social care establishments, will be catered for in the short term by our own fleet of buses”.
“Disappointingly, any Dial-a-Ride customers who have booked a journey for this week will have to make other arrangements. We are urgently seeking alternative providers and the charity’s current membership will be contacted immediately, once new arrangements have been secured”.
“We are informed that the charity’s trustees are talking to professional advisers about the current financial position and only then will we be able to glean a better picture of why the situation. The council will continue to work closely with them to offer whatever assistance we can.”