Honiton charity’s new £50k minibus nears completion

PUBLISHED: 15:41 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:33 22 December 2016

Manager Neil Hurlock with TRIP's brand new VW Crafter minibus which has a low access step. Ref mhh 24-16SH 7675. Picture: Simon Horn.

Manager Neil Hurlock with TRIP's brand new VW Crafter minibus which has a low access step. Ref mhh 24-16SH 7675. Picture: Simon Horn.

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The VW Crafter, which was given to TRIP through a Department for Transport funding scheme, is in the process of being built in Tiverton and will be in operation from early January.

Chairman of TRIP Val Royle is presented with a cheque from Steve Guilbert the president of Honiton & District Lions. Ref mhh 03-16TI 9641. Picture: Terry IfeChairman of TRIP Val Royle is presented with a cheque from Steve Guilbert the president of Honiton & District Lions. Ref mhh 03-16TI 9641. Picture: Terry Ife

A new £50,000 minibus which will be used by Honiton-based mobility charity TRIP is set to be on the road early next year.

The VW Crafter, which was given to TRIP through a Department for Transport funding scheme, is in the process of being built in Tiverton and will be in operation from early January.

Neil Hurlock, office manager of TRIP, said: “This second new bus will be used to take our clients out on day trips and holidays we arrange. It will provide valuable assistance in securing the future of the Ring and Ride service for the next ten years.”

The state-of-the-art vehicle is the second one of its kind to be donated to TRIP, based in New Street.

Earlier this year, the Herald revealed that the charity had been able to place an order with a local, specialist company for one minibus after successfully applying to a £25million community transport fund, launched by the Department for Transport.

The charity then managed to secure a second vehicle with cash from the same fund.

The second new £50,000 vehicle will be added the charity’s fleet of buses, which are used to transport its clients to and from their homes to various towns and cities across East Devon and the South West.

Mr Hurlock said: “These two new vehicles will allow us to replace of two of our old buses, which are not so reliable anymore. We will be replacing the old VW Crafter and a Transit with the new buses, which means the size of our fleet will not be changing.

“We are already using the first of our new buses, and this is helping massively with transporting our clients to where they need to be.”

Both of the buses provide easy access for TRIP’s clients, including its wheelchair users.

They also take large wheelchairs, as they have a 400 kilogramme tail lift capacity.

TRIP is a one-stop shop for Honiton and surrounding areas.

It provides a voluntary car service for medical appointments in East Devon, sells a variety of disability aids, provides the ring and ride service to people of all ages, for shopping and social trips, and takes wheelchair users and people unable to get into a car to medical appointments and on shopping trips and outings.

Call the team on 01404 46529 for more information.


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