Cuts to rural transport and bus services across the UK continue to hit the headlines and this week our Community Car project has attracted the interest of Radio 4! Presenter of ‘The World This Weekend’, Shaun Ley, visited the Nidderdale Plus office on Thursday to learn more about how the Community Car operates and to record a short conversation with Katy and Sandra – listen this Sunday at 1pm to hear more!
This service is managed by Nidderdale Plus and is available for any local resident who is unable to access public transport (often due to rural isolation) or who needs door-to-door assistance due to mobility or disability issues.
Journeys may be for such things as doctor or dentist appointments, shopping locally, for accessing other services or for joining social activities (coffee mornings etc).
Our drivers are volunteers who undertake driver training (MIDAS) and DBS checks.
To book the Community Car, ring Nidderdale Plus (01423 714953) and tell us when and where you want to travel. We will then try to obtain a volunteer driver for you and will advise you of the fare (based on mileage of your journey) – our fares are based on 45p per mile but we also operate a concessionary rate for those of bus pass age or in receipt of benefits. Call us and we can discuss details, according to your particular needs.
Volunteer drivers: if you would like to join our team of drivers, please contact Katy Penn at Nidderdale Plus – training will be provided and even small amounts of time offered can be of great assistance to the service.
Contact Katy Penn at Nidderdale Plus between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday – 01423 714953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Connecting the Dales project ran from July 2011 to March 2015, coordinated by DITA, the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance. Information and images about the project and a comprehensive final report can be found at www.dalesconnect.net.
In essence, DITA sought to bring together transport authorities, operators, transport passengers and the general public to pump prime innovative transport initiatives.
DITA helped to establish 10 Your Dales Hubs throughout this project, including one at Pateley Bridge, operated by Nidderdale Plus, providing information and advice about all local transport options, including bus timetables, cycle routes, walks and internet access for wider transport needs.
DITA also provided funding to support the purchase of the Nidderdale High School minibus, which is part of the Nidderdale Community Transport scheme, alongside the Community Car. if you have any transport questions or needs, contact the Nidderdale Plus office for assistance or to book the Community Car – tel 01423 714953.
It’s been a busy summer here in Nidderdale. If you would like to keep up to date with what Nidderdale Plus has been doing, or what is in the pipeline you can now read our current newsletter.
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You can download the latest newsletter from the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance by clicking here. The newsletter contains an update on the Connecting the Dales project, a welcome to new Project Assistant Ed Beale, and news about the One Way One Pound scheme being Highly Commended at the UK Bus Awards.