Newlands Community Transport is a community led initiative to promote sustainable and affordable transport options for our Community.

The Newlands Community Transport project will deliver a 13-seat zero-emmissions, fully electric minibus in late 2021 plus install 22Kw EV chargepoints at our two premises in Romanno Bridge.

The Newlands Community Transport project will deliver low cost and environmentally friendly transportation options for users of Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall.

The Newlands Community Transport project will work with LNK Community Council, Scottish Borders Council, West Linton Health Centre plus the Newlands Activity Centre Manager and User Groups to trial and deliver new and innovative transport options in our Community.

 

EV Minibus

Newlands Community Development Trust received grant funding through the Scottish Governments ‘Community Climate Action Fund‘ to enable the Trust to purchase a 13-Seat Electric (EV)  minibus.

The EV minibus is based on an LDV EV80 chassis with custom coachwork by Minibus World.

The EV Minibus project will provide Driver Volunteering and Training opportunities with all Volunteer drivers being offered Free MiDAS training and PVG registration.

EV Chargepoints

Newlands Community Development Trust received grant funding through the Scottish Governments ‘Work Place Charging Scheme‘ in 2021 to enable the Trust to install 22Kw EV Chargepoints at Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall.

The Chargepoints are available through the VendElectric App to all members of NCDT and users of Newlands Activity Centre.

EV Club

Newlands EV Club is a new initiative to bring EV owners and anyone in our Community Interested in EV ownership together to share knowledge and experiences of owning and running an EV vehicle in our rural Community.

The EV Club will hold a monthly ‘Meet’ at Newlands Activity Centre.

The first meeting of the EV Club is on Sunday 31st October 2021 to coincide with our COP26 Climate Fringe Event.

 

E-Bike Club

E-bikes open up a whole new world of on-road and off-road experiences for many in our Community.

Join our E-Bike Club to gain knowledge of owning, servicing, converting and riding an E-bike on and off road in the Scottish Borders.

 

Community Climate Action Fund

Newlands Community Development Trust received grant funding through the Scottish Governments ‘Community Climate Action Fund‘ to enable the Trust to purchase a 13-Seat electric (EV)  minibus.

The Total cost of the EV minibus is just over £89,000 with £71,864 being provided by way of the Grant.

The EV Minibus will provide Driver Volunteering and training opportunities with all Volunteer drivers being offered Free MiDAS training and PVG registration.

Find out more about the Community Climate Action Fund via their website.

Work Place Charging Scheme

Newlands Community Development Trust worked with the Energy Saving Trust to enable NCDT to install 22Kw EV Chargepoints at Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall.

The total cost of the project was a little over £16k split 50/50 between NCDT and the EST.

Find out if your organisation is eligible for ‘Business Charge Point Funding‘ via the Energy Saving Trust website.

Community Transport Association

Newlands Community Transport are members of the CTA (Community Transport Association) and attend monthly meetings, discussion panels and training events organised by the CTA.

We hope to learn from and share our experiences with established and new Community Transport projects across Scotland and the UK.

We are also active contributors to the Development Trust Association Scotland Community Transport providers group.

Find out more on the CTA website.

 

MiDAS Driver Training

MiDAS is the ‘Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme’ and is administered by the Community Transport Association.

The scheme provides a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers and has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.

MiDAS is available to any organisation operating or using minibuses.

Organisations that train their drivers in MiDAS range from small voluntary organisations with one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities.

For more information on the MiDAS scheme please visit this CTA webpage.

If you would like to Volunteer as a Minibus Driver with Newlands Community Transport or for one of our User Groups please get in touch via email.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

If you have any ideas, questions or suggestions around any of the NCDT projects, would like to join the NCDT Board or contribute your time and expertise to one of our Projects please contact us via email or telephone.

Newlands Activity Centre, Romanno Bridge, Peeblesshire, EH46 7BZ

07831 595 828

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