Melksham Community Transport receives Stratas through fund

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The pair of Stratas takes the fleet at Melksham Community Transport to five

Melksham Community Transport has taken delivery of two new Mellor Strata low-floor buses.

The vehicles have been specified to carry up to 16 passengers and were purchased thanks to a grant from the Government’s £25m Community Minibus Fund.

The organisation, which started 30 years ago with a single bus, has now grown to five vehicles and carries approximately 20,000 local residents a year.

George Brown, Bus Manager for Melksham Community Transport, said: “I have been with the scheme for more than 15 years and we’re delighted with these additional buses. We needed to replace two older vehicles but without the grant this wouldn’t have been possible.

“The service is vital for a lot of people and they would be lost without it and the buses have given the group a new lease of life.

“These new Stratas will allow more people to get out to appointments, excursions and to the shops. Being brand new, the vehicles are also more comfortable and will certainly be more fuel efficient with reduced emissions.

“For a lot of people, the bus is the only way they can socialise and get out of the house, meet other passengers and make friends. It is a huge benefit to the community.

“It has been a pleasure dealing with the knowledgeable, professional and friendly team at Mellor and we hope to do business again with them in the future.”

National Sales Manager – South for Mellor, Stephen Haywood, added: “We are delighted that Melksham Community Transport chose Mellor for this fleet investment, and glad we could offer them the vehicles they were looking for at a competitive price.

“We’re confident they will prove popular with their passengers and drivers alike.”