Campaign launched to help save Portsmouth Dial-a-Ride

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A PETITION has been launched to help save a vital Dial-a-Ride transport service.

Portsmouth City Council’s Tory administration has proposed axing the £117,000 it contributes every year towards the scheme, run by Pete’s Airlink.

The Dial-a-Ride serves vulnerable residents who find it a struggle to get about using any other means of transport.

The Lib Dems are now collecting signatures in the hope the council will change its mind and protect it.

It’s one of the ways the authority is seeking to slice £13.1m from its budget next year. Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem group leader, who has set up the petition, yesterday met Dial-a-Ride users and its drivers.

As reported, service users have warned the cuts will lead to the closure of the service.

‘I met elderly and disabled residents,’ Cllr Vernon-Jackson said.

‘They told me that Dial-a Ride is a lifeline for them.

‘I’m shocked that the new Conservative/Labour/UKIP proposals will mean many people will be imprisoned within their own homes.’

To sign the petition, go to geraldvernonjackson.org.uk/dialaride