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Transport lifeline for rural parts of peninsula 26.02.08

A TRANSPORT scheme is to be rolled out in Inishowen to help people in rural areas with no access to a car. The Rural Transport Programme will be brought to the peninsula to help people access basic essential services such as the doctor, the post office and the shops.
Inishowen is expected to get in the region of 500,000 for the roll-out of the service.
The Department of Transport scheme will be facilitated by Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP) in association with various stakeholder groups throughout the peninsula including Action Inishowen, local family resource centres, disability groups, as well as public and private transport operators.
IDP has established a sub-committee working group to oversee the scheme. The group held its second meeting in Buncrana last night following news that funding had been allocated.
IDP co-manager Andrew Ward said a lot of work first had to be done to ensure that the scheme was rolled-out to maximum effect for the people who need it.
"A feasibility study will first have to be drawn up with a detailed proposal on how we propose to roll-out the scheme in Inishowen. We have to look closely at the gaps in the
Andrew Ward
current transport service and take it from there," said Mr. Ward. He said the exact nature of the scheme for Inishowen first had to be determined before the money was drawn down. He added that it might well include a mix of public and private transport.
The IDP will liaise closely with community groups including Action Inishowen who already run a similar transport scheme. Action Inishowen had hoped to get a new bus in the near future and it is envisaged that the new vehicle may form part of the new rural transport network for the peninsula.
Mr. Ward said areas in the peninsula that recently lost the Lough Swilly bus service including Malin would also be examined.
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