he TAS Partnership organised a visit by Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South and Shadow Transport Minister to Nottingham Community Transport (Nottingham CT) last Friday (May 20).
TAS was represented on the day by Senior Consultant, Meera Rambissoon and Principal Consultant, John Atkins.
The main aim of the visit was to introduce Lilian to the various services of Nottingham CT, and for her to understand, first hand, the importance of specialist community transport provision in Nottingham and beyond.
Spotlight was placed on the mobility offered by the door-to-door, accessible Easylink for people who find the main bus and tram network difficult to use and Nottingham CT operating the largest fleet of electric buses in the UK, and possibly the whole of Europe.
Lilian was able to travel on the Easylink service and experience a passenger pick-up, meet with regular passengers and tour the depot and bookings centre. Lunch presentations were given by Ian Combellack, General Manager of Nottingham CT and officers from Nottingham City Council.
Commenting on the visit, Meera said: “The highlight of the day was passengers pressing home to Lilian just how much of a difference the Easylink service makes to their life, how “absolutely wonderful” the drivers are and how much they rely on the service – from making trips to the hairdresser or an art group to reaching medical appointments.
“TAS was only too pleased to arrange this visit and provide this unique opportunity,” she concluded.
Nottingham CT operates Easylink and a number of bus services on behalf of Nottingham City Council. For more information on their services, visit www.ct4nottingham.co.uk.