£500,000 fleet of vehicles to help disabled
MORE than £500,000 is being spent on a new fleet of specialist vehicles to help Swansea's vulnerable and disabled get back and forth from day services, schools and other activities.
Eleven wheelchair accessible buses will hit the streets in the coming weeks.
Swansea Council's social services and central transport unit teams have bought several other vehicles that have been adapted to enable them to be used for community transport services in future.
Mark Child, cabinet member for wellbeing, said: "It's crucial we have high-quality vehicles to transport our vulnerable and disabled to and from essential services that boost their wellbeing.
"What these new wheelchair accessible vehicles will do is provide a lifeline for people who need to reach these vital services.
"This is why it's a really important investment."
The buses have been bought from Swansea-based CEM Day's Truck Centre.
Councillor Child added: "It's also very pleasing that we've been able to keep the money in Swansea by purchasing 11 of the vehicles from a local supplier.
This is important too because it shows a commitment to spending our money here in the city, helping boost the local economy."
The new vehicles will replace out-of-date buses in the social services team's transportation fleet.
They have removable seats and can fit in five people with wheelchairs or 14 mobile people.
They also include wheelchair lifts, pull-down easy access steps, attractive interiors and high visibility features such as yellow hand rails.
The use of the other new vehicles to provide community transport services in areas where there are gaps in bus service provision is also currently being investigated.