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Community transport

 

Community Transport Hub

Provides signposting information, advice and guidance on community transport services for Buckinghamshire. Please note: they cannot make or take any bookings, but can provide advice on the most appropriate method of transport in your area to meet your needs. You can contact them on 0800 085 8480 or 01844 348834 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email transport@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

What is Community Transport?

A volunteer based transport solution run for the community by the community. Designed to meet local needs and used by those who cannot access or use conventional public or private transport. The scope and range of service offered by each scheme depends on the community. Some provide:
  • transport to GP surgeries and hospitals
  • social and shopping trips
  • volunteer car drivers
  • access to a community bus
Below are some examples of the different types of Community Transport.

Community Bus service

Usually a small bus operated by a local community organisation, run on a not-for-profit basis using volunteer drivers. Community Bus services may be:
  • like a normal bus service, with a fixed route and timetable to local amenities; and/or
  • do regular social and leisure trips
Examples include Risborough Area Community Bus and the Winslow and District Community Bus. For information about schemes in your area, contact the Community Transport Hub.

Volunteer community car schemes

A voluntary car scheme is an organised form of car sharing, which uses a pool of volunteer drivers to take people on prearranged journeys. There is usually a coordinator who manages bookings, and drivers use their own cars. There are about 55 volunteer community car schemes in Buckinghamshire, to find out if there is one in your area please contact the Community Transport Hub – see top of page.

Demand Responsive Transport/Flexible Transport

Flexible or Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) is a completely flexible type of local bus service that has no fixed timetable. The route of the bus is determined by the requests made by passengers who book in advance of using the service, either by phone or via an App. The service is open to anyone who lives in the area where the service operates. There are currently no services in Buckinghamshire, but if local needs change, this could become a solution.

The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride

Dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible and safe transport service for people living in or close to the Chiltern District who, due to age, illness or disability are not able to transport themselves or use public transport services. They run a door to door, round-trip service, using specially equipped vehicles with wheelchair access and trained, caring drivers. The smaller vehicles are mainly driven by volunteers. They serve both individuals and community based organisations, both for local journeys and longer journeys of up to 30 miles outside the Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks Districts (excluding London). There is an £18 annual membership for this service. For more information please visit the Chilterns Dial-a-Ride website .

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