Bid to save Portsmouth Dial-a-Ride service steps forward

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PLANS to save Portsmouth’s Dial-a-Ride transport service have taken a step forward.

Tracey Jones, the scheme’s schedule operator, says it could be run from the home of The Beneficial Foundation in Fratton in future.

Miss Jones is seeking to set up a not-for-profit organisation that will ensure Dial-a-Ride continues.

It comes after the city council agreed to axe the £117,000 a year it currently gives Pete’s Airlink to run the service, which helps those who find it difficult or impossible to use ordinary bus services.

The decision was made in order to help make savings in the budget next year – despite pleas from service users that the cash should not be taken away.

Miss Jones is to meet members of the foundation tomorrow to thrash out more details of the potential to move into its offices.

She will be joined by Councillor Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, who put her in touch with the charity.

‘We may be moving in with The Beneficial Foundation and we are having a meeting to thrash out some ideas,’ said Miss Jones.

‘I am feeling a bit more positive about everything.

‘Cllr Ellcome has been a great help.’