Funding helps expand Wheels 2 Work scheme
A scheme which has enabled hundreds of people to access work, has recently expanded thanks to funding from Telford & Wrekin Council.
The Wheels 2 Work scheme loans 50cc, 110cc and 125cc mopeds, electric bicycles and reconditioned bicycles to individuals with work, or an offer of work, who are struggling to find affordable regular transport.
The transport is loaned for a period of time during which the individual will make more permanent arrangements for transport which could include saving up for a moped or bicycle of their own.
In association with Fast Trak Training centre in Shrewbury, basic training is provided as part of the scheme to help service users gain a moped licence.
Telford & Wrekin Council has provided funding through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) funded Telford Growth Point Package.
The funding from Telford & Wrekin Council and other grant funding has enabled Wheels 2 Work to purchase an additional 12 new mopeds.
The scheme is operated by Shropshire Rural Community Council for people throughout the whole of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Primarily aimed at people living in more rural locations where bus services and good transport links are irregular, Wheels 2 Work can be a lifeline for people who want to work but have previously been unable to.
Councillor Angela McClements, cabinet member for Communities, Regeneration and Transport, said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to further support the Wheels 2 Work scheme, we have a large rural area in Telford and Wrekin, with residents who need support.
“At a time where we are experiencing more cuts in services, our rural communities are often those who suffer the most with access issues.
“Young people growing up in a rural area can easily struggle as they start to think about entering the world of work and being able to use Wheels 2 Work can have an extremely positive impact on the life chances and opportunities of our rural residents.”
For more details about Wheels 2 Work visit www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/services/individuals-wheels-to-work