CHESTER, Ellesmere Port and Neston’s popular PlusBus service is expanding - thanks to a new addition to its fleet.

A new fully-accessible minibus in the distinctive green colour scheme has been added to the modern five-strong fleet which aids local residents who cannot use public transport due to disability.

The extra vehicle will help the service cope with increased demand from users who find it a convenient and enjoyable way to travel throughout the area.

PlusBus has seen a 39% increase in passengers since it was re-branded from Dial A Ride in October 2007.

Its success attracted national recognition when it was named Best Urban Community Transport Service 2008.

Funded by Cheshire County Council in partnership with Chester City Council and Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council, the service operates seven days per week, excluding bank holidays.

Highways and transportation executive member Eveleigh Moore-Dutton said: “PlusBus has proved an enormous success since its launch over a year ago, with the registration of many new members as well as those who made use of the previous Dial A Ride service.

“This new addition to the fleet will enable us to expand our service and provide more journeys for local residents who otherwise would not be able to travel.

“Passengers tell us that the service is invaluable in helping them to maintain independent lives and provide links for day care, education and shopping.”