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 for 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 pick up and drop off points and times. Regular bookings can be made with some providers.
How much does it cost?
Fares vary, so please contact 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 do I contact?
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. Also provides hospital car service.
Phone 01749 880613 (9am to 4pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sedgemoor Community Transport accommodates groups, individuals, wheelchair users and isolated communities without access to any public transport. As well as our minibuses, Sedgemoor Community Transport have a pool of private car drivers who volunteer there time to provide transport to hospital and doctor appointments, shopping or to link with public transport, again with a friendly door to door service.
Phone 01278 434881 or email email@example.com
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 Chard and Ilminster Slinky Services, as well as Somerset Links based in Langport.
Phone 01935 477399 (9am to 5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crewkerne Voluntary Transport – Group transport for residents of Crewkerne, Merriot, Hinton and surrounding areas. No hospital or medical transport available.
Phone 01460 271669 (9.30am to 3.30pm) or email email@example.com
South Somerset Community Accessible Transport (SSCAT)– The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset West and Taunton 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 email@example.com
CBO Community Bus – For residents in the Churchstanton, Buckland St. Mary and Otterford areas.
Phone 07762 813967
Exmoor Community Bus– The community bus is used by many organisations within the Exmoor area for shopping trips to Exeter, Barnstaple, Taunton, Tiverton and Minehead. These trips are regular and very popular (booking a seat is recommended). Trips to the theatre, Christmas markets, and open gardens are also very popular.
Phone 01398 323665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Accessible Transport – Serving the Taunton and Wellington area. Available for individual transport and group hire. Please call for more info
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 email@example.com