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news COMMUNITY TRANSPORT Hoppa GM Steve Forward (left): Top-up funding is vital Grant will allow bus services and DRT to continue to operate for users in and around Surrey town 8 | June 2017 | miniplus.co.uk LDV UK and Ireland unveils Mini B minibus LDV UK and Ireland, part of Dublin-based Harris Automotive Distributors, has revealed more information about the Mini B minibus. It is based on the Chinesemade V80 base van and made its debut at the CTTC show in Dublin last year, with LDV UK and Ireland General Manager Mark Barrett saying that the Mini B will offer “outstanding value for money.” The Mini B seats 14 passengers, including two adjacent to the driver, who benefi ts from an eight-way adjustable seat. Also part of the specifi cation is a ‘surround sound’ system and air-conditioning while power is from a 136bhp engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. Standard colour is white, but metallic shades of brown, grey and silver will also be available. The Mini B is available to order via LDV dealerships with a four-week lead time. More information and a list of the 29 UK dealers can be found on LDV UK and Ireland’s website. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.myldv.co.uk Haslemere Town Council donates £5k to Hoppa CT LDV Mini B based on the Chinese-made V80 van and seats up to 14 passengers Citymapper launches on-demand London route Transport app developer Citymapper trialled an ondemand minibus service in London during early May. With three Mercedes-Benz Sprinter conversions operated by Impact Coaches from its Perivale depot, route CMX1 runs between Blackfriars and Southwark via the South Bank. Drivers use custommade tablets with real-time traffi c data, passenger numbers and headway information. Data from Citymapper is used to plan the fastest routes and avoid congestion. Impact Coaches has been in talks with Citymapper for over a year and 10 drivers have received extensive training so far. Impact Coaches MD Charlie Hamilton says that “a lot of time and effort” has been put into the scheme, and he expects the concept to grow over coming months. The service aims to complement existing Transport for London ‘red bus’ services, and ultimately Citymapper plans to roll it out in other cities. A cash boost of £5,000 from Haslemere Town Council is helping local community transport organisation Hoppa to continue to provide bus service in the town. Says Steve Forward, Hopper General Manager: “Although our customers pay towards their journeys, we rely on support such as this grant from Haslemere Town Council to plug the gap. “We’re a local organisation providing a valuable service to local people, so we’re grateful for the council’s recognition of what we do for the town.” Hoppa provides a number of scheduled bus routes and it also runs the door-to-door Ranger service, which is booked in advance. It is pursuing a strategy of increasing awareness of its services and in the demand-responsive sector that means targeting those aged over 60. Hoppa turns over £800,000 per annum. “We have supported Hoppa for many years through our annual grants scheme,” says Mayor Councillor Sahran Abeysundara of Haslemere Town Council. “Hoppa’s community bus is highly-valued by customers in Haslemere. Changes to local health provision mean that it’s important that our residents can get to Frimley Park Hospital. For those who can’t drive or use conventional public transport, it’s Hoppa’s Ranger service that many turn to for visiting friends and family.” Hoppa also operates services in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and surrounding villages. Distinctive Citymapper minibuses are operated by Impact Coaches


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