Community transport merges

The CDM Board of Directors - Wilbert Mayne, Bridget Scullion, Joe McGlade, cllr. Francis Burton, Mary O'Neill, Oliver McShane and Seamus Donnelly. Missing from the picture is Liam  Hughes. INMM3713-102ar.
The CDM Board of Directors - Wilbert Mayne, Bridget Scullion, Joe McGlade, cllr. Francis Burton, Mary O'Neill, Oliver McShane and Seamus Donnelly. Missing from the picture is Liam Hughes. INMM3713-102ar.

WITH the merger of Cookstown and Dungannon councils on the horizon, both towns’ community transport services have now banded together to form CDM Community Transport.

At the official launch of the newly merged community transport group last week at Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Tony McConnell spoke on behalf of the minister for regional development.

Praising the service, which helps those who are unable to access transport easily, he said: “the department are keen to ensure that the majority of the support from the Rural Transport Fund is used to provide front-line transport services.

“CDM Community Transport launch sees improved delivery of community led transport solutions in the Mid Ulster and South Tyrone areas.”

Cllr Robert Kelly, vice chairman of Cookstown District Council and Mayor Sean McGuigan, at Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council both praised the sterling work of rural transport and said they hoped it would continue.

Formed in May 2013 following the merger of Cookstown Rural Community Transport (CRCT) and Dungannon & District Community Transport (DDCT), both organisations have come together to further increase access opportunities for people living in their areas.

Brigid Scullion, manager, said: “In merging both Cookstown and Dungannon Community Transport charities we are able to increase efficiencies and enable more resources to be invested in what we do best, help people.

“The merger was made possible because both charities had the same ethos and moral commitment to providing affordable, accessible transport.”

CDM Community Transport provides transport for the elderly, disabled, rural services for those without transport of their own and link services to public transport to name a few of their services.

If you need help with transport, all you have to do is register with your local community transport office to become a member.