Busy year for TRIP Community Transport Association

PUBLISHED: 14:12 10 July 2014

Pictured left to right: Karen Rose, of Devon County Council, Tina Teague, of the New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, TRIP chairman Val Royle, Christy Thurlow, of the New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, and Councillor Sara Randall Johnson at TRIP's annual meeting in Honiton.

Pictured left to right: Karen Rose, of Devon County Council, Tina Teague, of the New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, TRIP chairman Val Royle, Christy Thurlow, of the New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, and Councillor Sara Randall Johnson at TRIP's annual meeting in Honiton.

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An astonishing 27,000 passengers booked to use services provided by Honiton-based charity TRIP Community Transport Association last year, it has been revealed.

And this is expected to continue into 2014.

The impressive figures were discussed during the charity’s annual meeting. Supporters turned out in force and packed out Honiton Methodist Hall last week.

The chairman of TRIP Community Transport Association, Val Royle, in her report said: “The importance of the services provided from the TRIP office continues to be emphasised in the year by the production of statistics showing the number of transport journeys booked.

“These figures show that during the 12 months from January to December 2013 over 27,000 passengers booked transport through the office.”

For the period of 2002 to 2013 over 290,000 bookings were made.

Mrs Royal added: “Early indications for 2014 show continued demand for all services – once again underlining how important the role of community transport and the services provided by and through TRIP are for both East Devon and the county as a whole.”

TRIP provides a ring and ride bus and voluntary car services as well as day trips and weekends away for passengers. It also runs the ACORNS befriending scheme to help the vulnerable and lonely across the district.

Mrs Royle’s report stated that previous changes to the Honiton ring and ride service have continued to generate savings and given TRIP ‘additional flexibility’ to deal with changes in demands for its services.

The charity’s new shop mobility service, she said, was proving to be a ‘valuable’ service to TRIP users with sales steadily growing.

She said: “Turnover is still growing and sales of these items are generating a steady income helping to fund overall operations.”

Mrs Royal added: “We will continue to work towards ensuring that everyone in East Devon has access to a means of transport that enables them to have independence and freedom of movement for better quality of life.”

For more information about TRIP call 01404 46529 or visit the charity’s offices in New Street.

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