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Community Transport is there to serve those who don’t have access to public transport and are without access to suitable alternative transport.

What is Community TransportMendip areaSedgemoor areaSouth Somerset areaTaunton and West Somerset area

What is Community Transport

Community Transport Schemes can offer transport for individuals as well as group hire. Some also offer door-to-door services. Community Transport is provided by a number of independent charitable, non-profit-making groups, companies and organisations.

Who can use it

Community Transport is there to serve those who don’t have access to public transport and are without access to suitable alternative transport.

These services can be used for a variety of reasons, including health appointments, shopping, commuting to and from work, social events, evening classes and making links with other public transport. Each service operates differently and covers different areas, so please check with the individual operators in your area.

How do I use it

To use Community Transport services you must first register with the operator. Once you are registered with the scheme, you can make your booking. Journeys are usually booked with at least 24 hours notice, and operators can generally be flexible about pick-up and drop-off points and times. Regular bookings can be made with some providers.

Cost

Fares vary, so please get in touch with the individual operator to find out more. Concessionary fares may be available to Somerset residents who are English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Pass holders. For more information please contact the individual operator.

Who to contact

Community transport organisations are listed below under the area where they operate. Please click on their name for further detailed information.

Mendip area

Mendip Community Transport operates accessible vehicles for community groups, the disabled, elderly, frail, visually or mobility impaired and similar disadvantaged groups/individuals, residing in the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas. It also provides hospital car service.

Phone 01749 880613 (9am to 4pm) or email office@mendipct.co.uk.

Sedgemoor area

Wedmore Community Bus for residents of Wedmore and the surrounding area. See their website for operating times and contact details.

South Somerset area

Community Transport South West operates a fleet of 15 wheelchair-accessible minibuses, 5 small wheelchair-accessible vehicles, over 40 volunteer car drivers (using their own vehicles) and Slinky services in South Somerset.

Phone 01935 477399 (9am to 5pm) or email info@communitytransport.org.uk.

Crewkerne Voluntary Transport – Group transport for residents of Crewkerne, Merriot, Hinton and surrounding areas. No hospital or medical transport is available.

Phone 01460 271669 (9.30am to 3.30pm) or email lic@crewkerne-tc.gov.uk.

South Somerset Community Accessible Transport (SSCAT)– The Community Accessible Transport (CAT) bus is available to people of all ages who cannot use the normal bus route for whatever reason. Our buses have wheelchair access and can accommodate one wheelchair on any journey. For residents of Bruton, Castle Cary, Wincanton and surrounding areas.

Phone 01963 33864 or email sscatbus@gmail.com

Rama Life Community Transport– A 17-seat minibus can be hired for not-for-profit organisations, drivers 25 and over (with 5 years experience), drivers who have experience of driving large vehicles or attend a free Rama Life training session and organisations from or near Somerset. Preference is to those in South Petherton and the surrounding areas.

Phone 01460 510042 (Option 3) (9am to 5pm) or email info@ramalife.co.uk.

Taunton and West Somerset area

Accessible Transport West Somerset (ATWest) operates many services in West Somerset including shopper buses, travel club day trips, and group hire for the community.

Phone 01643 709701 or email customerservices@atwest.org

Blackdown Support Group  – Wheelchair accessible MPV transport service and volunteer car scheme for residents of the Blackdown Hills who have no other means of transport. Service provides transport to medical appointments (includes local GP Practices, hospital or other secondary healthcare), plus transport for social purposes, such as regular day care, social or support groups, exercise classes, shopping trips and more. Phone 01823 681 036

Exmoor Community Bus – The Community bus is used by many organisations within the Exmoor area for various trips.

Phone 07925 044262

Somerset Accessible Transport – Serving the Taunton and Wellington area. Available for individual transport and group hire. Please call for more information.

Phone 01823 331266

WiveyLink – For residents of Wiveliscombe and surrounding areas. The service operates Monday to Friday from approximately 8am to 6pm, Bank Holidays excepted and the only requirements are that you need to be registered and that you pre-book by 11am the day before.

Phone 01984 624666 or email wiveylink@wiveliscombe.com

Watchet Drives – For residents of the Watchet area. Running times – 7am to 10pm any day.

Phone 07599 955096 (9am to 12pm Tuesday to Friday)

If these organisations cannot meet your transport needs you may be able to use SLINKY services or a Community Car Scheme.

Last reviewed: May 16, 2024 by Paul

Next review due: November 16, 2024

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