New bookings number for Totnes and Dartmouth Ring & Ride

County Hall

Posted on: 29 March 2016

Bookings for the Totnes and Dartmouth Ring & Ride can be made on a new number from Friday (1 April).

Newton Abbot Community Transport Association will be taking bookings for the service on a temporary basis to ensure passengers can still book the Ring & Ride service for essential shopping trips once the current community transport operator closes on Thursday (31 March).

From Friday, Ring & Ride journey bookings can be made on 01626 335775.

Devon County Council stepped in earlier this month to ensure temporary arrangements were in place to keep the Ring & Ride running throughout March, after the charity which operated the service announced it did not have sufficient funds to continue.

Discussions are on-going between DCC and local community transport providers regarding arrangements for a more permanent service.

The Ring & Ride provides journeys on vehicles which can be accessed by people with mobility difficulties, from those who have difficulty walking to those who need to travel in their wheelchair.

Devon County Council has provided annual grant support to the Totnes and Dartmouth Ring & Ride group since it began over 22 years ago. The service also receives grant funding from South Hams District Council, local Town and Parish Councils. The group sought additional funding from charitable funds but found it increasingly difficult to raise the level of support required to keep the service going.

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