Chichester’s community transport expansion

MORE drivers are needed as a Bognor Regis-based community transport service expands into the Chichester district.

Sammy Community Transport is moving towards its 40th year and its expansion has been achieved through the absorption of Chichester Community Transport and Dial A Ride.

The extra workload has increased Sammy’s requirement for volunteer drivers.

Manager Mike Collins said: “We now have ten vehicles, including seven minibuses, and we have 60 volunteer drivers, including the 30 who use their own cars to transport people to and from medical appointments.

“We are filling the gaps left by the withdrawal of bus routes.

“There’s a lot we can do, but we need more drivers for us to be able to do what we want.”

Sammy provides transport to take disadvantaged and isolated members of the community to medical appointments as well as social occasions.

MP Nick Gibb, who is the service’s patron, praised its volunteers.

“Sammy Transport provides an important service to those isolated in their communities or physically unable to leave their homes.

“The volunteers and staff have had a challenging year and have coped admirably.”