FENLANDER: New leaflets offer top transport tips for anyone without a car

DO you have problems getting around because you don’t have access to a car?

Maybe you struggle to get to the supermarket or find it difficult to visit family or friends? Or perhaps you find it a nightmare getting to hospital or college on time?

Help is now available, whether you are an older or handicapped person or a young student.

It comes in a series of six leaflets called “Getting from A to B” that was launched this week by the Fenland Transport and Access Group (FTAG).

The leaflets are written in the form of individual case studies and focus on the specific needs of people with particular circumstances. Each one sets out the different transport options available and examines their pros and cons before suggesting the best solution.

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FTAG includes Fenland District Council. Cambridgeshire County Council, The Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT), the Care Network and NHS Cambridgeshire.

Councillor Kit Owen, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for transport and FTAG’s chairman, said: “Transport is a major issue in Fenland, as it is in all rural areas, and part of the problem for people is simply finding out what the various services are.

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“We’ve designed these leaflets specially to address the most common difficulties that individuals face. They provide very practical, down-to-earth information and advice, so we hope they’ll be widely used by people of all ages.”

• The “Getting from A to B” leaflets are available at all four Fenland @ your service shops. Copies are also available in local libraries, leisure centres and GP surgeries. Electronic versions can be found on FDC’s website at www.fenland.gov.uk/article/2179/Public-Transport

• For more details on what transport is available throughout the district, pick up a copy of The Fenland Transport Directory. This is a “one-stop shop” of telephone numbers and website addresses including bus, train and taxi companies, car schemes, dial-a-ride and NHS Patient transport.

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