Portsmouth Dial-a-Ride could be operated by non-profit organisation

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A TRANSPORT service for people with mobility difficulties could be operated by a non-profit organisation.

The future of Dial-a-Ride in Portsmouth is uncertain due to city council plans to take away £117,000 it gives Pete’s Airlink to operate it in a money-saving bid.

The company runs minibuses that pick up residents who can’t get to a bus from their home.

But now the schedule operator for Dial-a-Ride, Tracey Jones, has approached city council leader, Councillor Donna Jones, saying she is interested in setting up a non-profit organisation to continue running the service.

Cllr Jones said: ‘When Tracey Jones, schedule operator for Dial-a-Ride approached me and said she was interested in setting up a not for profit organisation to continue running the service, I was delighted.

‘I am delighted with this outcome. Last year there was only eight days of consultation of the city council’s budget of £505m.

‘This year we have consulted with the public for over a month, and this has given the opportunity for people like Tracey to come forward with an active plan of how to save a much loved and well used service like Dial-a-Ride.’

The council is making a £500,000 pot of money available to help voluntary organisations to save it money in the long run.