A VOLUNTEER-run community transport group has launched an efficiency drive after receiving a £620 grant for a new computer system.

Thirsk District Community Minibus Association runs two minibuses to provide affordable transport to organisations and residents, particularly those in need including young, disabled and elderly persons.

The Hambleton District Council grant has enabled the charity to replace its 11-year-old computer with a custom built system which can map the most efficient routes for the service.

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The authority's leader, Councillor Mark Robson, who is also one of the charity's trustees, said: “The new system will make it easier for us to manage accounts and identify and check routes.

“We are used by a number of sports clubs for transport to matches and also a range of social clubs, especially disabled and older people for outings and shopping – carrying on average 4,000 people per year across Hambleton and North Yorkshire.

“As we are a registered charity we don’t often have spare funds for items like this, so to get a grant is a real boost for us.”

For details about the service, call 01845-524990.