A project to assess potential for encouraging and facilitating lift sharing in Pembrokeshire has been funded by Arwain Sir Benfro.
The Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations carried out a feasibility study to assess the potential for encouraging and facilitating lift-sharing in Pembrokeshire and the extent to which this could help to address transport needs within and around the County that aren’t currently being met.
Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED provided funding of £5,047 to Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations (PACTO). This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The study investigated lift share schemes and approaches which work successfully in other rural areas across the UK and Europe. Real or perceived barriers to lift-sharing were explored in Pembrokeshire, as well as what lift sharing arrangements already exist and what makes these successful.
PACTO worked with existing venues and activities, such as adult education classes, clubs or groups where people will be travelling to the same place at the same time to assess the opportunity for lift sharing to help existing, and hopefully attract new, participants.
The initial funding from LEADER has enabled PACTO to develop the project into Take Me Too! A Big Lottery Funded project that will create and promote the system to facilitate lift-sharing across Pembrokeshire.
A feasibility report from the project is available here.