Wheels 2 Work scheme expands to improve access to employment in rural Shropshire

An innovative scheme to help people in rural Shropshire overcome transport problems to get to work has been boosted with the purchase of 12 new mopeds.

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity runs the Wheels to Work programme in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin supported by Telford & Wrekin Council, the Three Parishes Big Local Partnership and the Prince’s Countryside Fund. 

The charity loans 50cc, 110cc and 125cc mopeds, electric bicycles and reconditioned bicycles to individuals with work or the firm offer of work, who are struggling to find affordable regular transport.  It also provides safety equipment and moped training through the Fast Trak Training Centre in Shrewsbury.

Hugh Strickland is Chairman of the Shropshire RCC and Corporate Finance Partner at Shropshire law firm Aaron and Partners LLP. He said Wheels 2 Work was continuing to make a real impact in the community, which is why the council has agreed to fund 12 additional mopeds to expand the fleet.

It has sourced grant funding for the scheme with assistance from Telford and Wrekin Council’s Transport and Highways Development Department. The mopeds have been provided by Smiths Honda.

“Living in a rural area makes individual transport essential for employment,” he said. “The public transport network is nowhere near as comprehensive as in more urban centres so there is a real need to keep people on the road.

“This scheme has enabled people of all ages to secure and hold-down employment by providing a lifeline for them. Deciding to seek funding to expand the scheme was critical because of the significant impact it is having on people’s lives throughout Shropshire and the growing need for access to affordable individual transport.”

For more details about Wheels 2 Work visit www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/services/individuals/wheels-to-work

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