New operators for Tavistock Ring and Ride

Picture of Tavistock Ring and Ride leaflet

Posted on: 2 August 2019

Tavistock’s Ring & Ride service will be run by new operators from Monday (5 August).

After 29 years of running the service in the area, Tavistock and District Local Transport Partnership (TDLTP) has decided to cease operating. The charity is handing over the reins of the Ring & Ride to Westlands Transport.

Volunteer trustees started the TDLTP Ring & Ride minibus service in June 1990, with funding support from Devon County Council, West Devon Borough Council, Tavistock Town Council and contributions from many of the parish council areas they served. Devon County Council has helped to negotiate the transition between the two operators and continue to fund the service.

Regular passengers will be reassured to know that the service is continuing and that the current driver and co-ordinator have transferred to the new service.

The team are also eager to encourage new passengers to come and try the service and they are distributing leaflets with a new telephone number and timetable across the area they serve.

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for transport, said: “Our thanks go to the staff and volunteers of TDLTP for running this vital service for so many years, helping countless people in the Tavistock area to get out and about and access important services. We are grateful to Westlands for stepping in to continue the service and we wish them every success and hope people continue to support the Ring & Ride.”

Photo of Councillor Debo Sellis

Councillor Debo Sellis

Councillor Debo Sellis, Devon County Councillor for Tavistock, said: “Rural isolation is a cruel experience and I am delighted to be a county councillor where the Council pays so much attention helping both financially, and with expert officer time.”

People who don’t have their own transport and cannot use regular public transport can ring to book a seat on the door to door service by calling 07939 093232 between 9.30am – 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.

4 comments on “New operators for Tavistock Ring and Ride

  1. Stephen Fryer says:

    The old number still works for the time being.

  2. Stephen Fryer says:

    You can read more about this on: http://www.tdltp.co.uk

  3. Stephen Fryer says:

    The situation with the TDLTP is a lot more complicated than they just ‘decided to cease operating’. Challenges to Community Transport Operators who run under a section 19 permit faced the prospect of new enforcement of regulations which meant that the TDLTP could unfortunately not continue to operate the Ring & Ride Service.

  4. DAVE JAMES says:

    why not transfer the telephone number so as to avoid confusion

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