A MINIBUS travelling between a Herefordshire village and the city will become a regular sight from next month thanks to a £10,000 grant.

Ballingham Parish Council is investing the money from the Countryside Agency in its first public transport since the village railway station closed in 1964. It will pay for a Dial-a-Ride minibus to transport villagers on weekly shopping trips to Hereford and subsidise taxi vouchers.

The grant was won after 85 per cent of villagers responded to a transport survey, sent to the Countryside Agency.

Chairman of Ballingham Parish Council, Anthony Laird, said: "We are delighted with the support we have got from the Countryside Agency. I understand we are the first parish in Herefordshire to apply for this."