Community Transport Advice and Information Service (Community Transport ..)
Community Transport Advice and Information Service
Start date: Dec 31, 2004,
End date: Dec 30, 2008
The establishment of an Advice and Information Service for commmunity transport operators within the cross-border region. The service will be jointly managed by the CTA (UK) and CTAI. The service will provide technical, operational, safety and legal advice as well as promoting best practice amongst local transport operators. Achievements: The Community Transport Association of Ireland and the Community Transport Association UK joined together to manage a new cross border advice and information project, which was based in Stradone, Co. Cavan to respond to the need of local transport groups both North and South of the Border. Services were provided to groups and organisations throughout Ireland as well as all of Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. The project involved supporting local transport operators through handling advice and information enquiries, organising a programme of quality audits, developing advice notes, good practice guides, training materials and a training programme andimproving cooperation across the border.There were over 400 queries dealt with over the period of the project, 8 Newsletters and 6 legal bulletins produced as well as the new website launched; www.communitytransport.ie. Workshops were held regionally and over 200 people participated, with topics ranging from Manual Handling to Minibus Emergency & Evacuation Procedures. Under the Training Links Programme within the project, there were 100 trainees in up to 8 training courses. Additional funding of €15,000 was secured to undertake a Cross Border Local Transport Study. The aim of the study was intended to identify barriers to cross border local transport services, consult on the demand/need for such services, identify appropriate models from border regions elsewhere, report back to local stakeholders and the funders and to design and plan local cross borderservices.Surveys were sent to Cross Border Rural Transport Programmes and a Workshop with key stakeholders was held to source the information. The results of the surveys, consultation workshops and feasibility studies clearly show that there is a localised demand/need for local cross border transport services by small numbers of people in specific and perhaps isolated settlements.A Local Sustainable Transport Event was held in the Cavan Crystal Hotel as part of the delivery and conclusion of the CTAIS Project. The event gave an insight into local sustainable transport projects North and South of the Border covering such areas as Door to Door Accessible Transport, Community Rail Partnerships, Car Sharing Studies and Rural Transport. The day was wrapped up by announcing the winner of MiDAS All Ireland Driver of the Year 2007. This was the first ever MiDAS All Ireland Driver of the Year Competition. Congratulations to the winner Gerald Calgie from Rural Lift South WEST Fermanagh and also to the runner up Brendan Dunne from Vantastic, Dublin. It was concluded at the event and through the results of the evaluation report that, both projects were a huge success and all targets were met.
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