A SILVER service is celebrating 25 years as a lifeline for Northwich and Winsford residents.

Dial a Ride was formed in 1989 and proves as vital today as it did then.

It is a door to door service that provides transport for those who struggle getting on or off ordinary buses or find it difficult to reach the nearest bus stop.

It was set up by Vale Royal Council for Voluntary Service, now Cheshire Community Development Trust (CCDT), with support from the former Cheshire County Council.

Arthur Neil, CCDT’s chief executive, said: “The passengers overwhelmingly appreciate the service.

“Our annual passenger survey shows how much many of them rely on it for their independence and to combat loneliness.

“A common statement is ‘Dial a Ride is my lifeline’.

“The drivers get a special mention too as they frequently escort passengers to and from their front door, help carry the shopping – and change the odd light bulb.”

CCDT’s community transport service has already carried more than 5,000 passengers in 2014.

The service has also been praised by health minister Jane Ellison and Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans.

Mr Evans said: “I was very pleased to show the minister the Dial a Ride services which help so many people who find using public transport difficult across the Northwich, Frosdsham and Winsford areas.

“I took a trip on the service myself last month and spoke with many of the users who explained how Cheshire CDT provide a lifeline to them.”

For more information about community transport call Sue or Jo on 01606 784100.