Moped hire scheme slashes Nantwich commute

Crewe Guardian: Darren Rivers and Inspira staff member, Julia Mullarkey. Darren Rivers and Inspira staff member, Julia Mullarkey.

A NEW moped loan scheme is proving its worth for Nantwich resident Darren Rivers.

Prior to getting some two-wheeled help, he spent two hours a day walking to and from work.

The new hire scheme, launched in October as part of Cheshire East Council’s All Change for Crewe and Smarter Ways to Travel programme, provides the temporary loan of a moped to help people travel to work, training or learning in and around Crewe.

"The Wheels to Work scheme has helped me massively to get around for work and it has been great for my confidence as well,” said Darren.

“It has been great for my home life as well meaning that I can spend more time with my family, especially my children.”

The W2W Crewe scheme is managed by Inspira, a career guidance and personal development social enterprise based in Cumbria.

“The scheme is aimed at people who live, work or study in or around Crewe and who do not have easy access to public or private transport,” said Malcolm Webster, Wheels 2Work project worker for Inspira.

“To be eligible people need to be at least 16-years-old and travelling to a job, training, apprenticeship, other studies in or around Crewe, or have the offer of any of these where travel is a barrier to them accepting work or training.

“The effect of the scheme can be life changing and I recommend anyone who fits the criteria to get in touch.”

Currently there are five mopeds available in the area. This is expected to increase in the new year to 18. For more information, visit allchangeforcrewe.co.uk/wheels2work, call Malcolm direct on 07812224481, or get a referral through Jobcentre Plus.

Students can find more information through South Cheshire College.

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