Ring and Ride service to continue in the Totnes and Dartmouth area

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Posted on: 3 April 2017

Two community transport groups in South Devon have stepped in to ensure the continuation of the Totnes and Dartmouth area Ring and Ride service.

The door to door minibus scheme helps people in the towns and surrounding rural villages, who can’t use public transport services, to get about and to do essential shopping each week.

By doing so, it helps passengers to maintain their independence in their own homes.

The Ring and Ride is supported with a grant from both Devon County Council and South Hams District Council and some of the parish councils served by the scheme.

The service has been run by a commercial contractor on a temporary basis for the past 12 months, since the previous community operator folded.

But from this Easter, Newton Abbot Community Transport Association will take on the majority of the service, and Ivybridge and District Community Transport Association will run services for passengers in the South Brent and Dartington areas.

Current timetables will be revised, but the two groups are jointly aiming to serve all of the communities previously covered by the service.

The community groups and Devon County Council have reached a funding agreement for 12 months, and the scheme will be reviewed after six months to ensure that the services are running to plan.

Karen Rose, Community Transport Adviser for Devon County Council said:

“This news will be a great relief to the regular passengers of the Ring and Ride service. This is such an essential service particularly for people with mobility difficulties or those who live remotely from bus routes.

“The two community transport operators taking on the running of the service have many years of experience running Ring and Ride in their local areas and I am sure they will do well with this extension to their schemes .”

Kay Yendall, Manager of Newton Abbot Community Transport Association said:

“Following the closure of Totnes and Dartmouth Ring and Ride last year we handled phone calls about the service, so some of the passengers have already chatted with us. Our wheelchair friendly vehicles and experienced drivers will be providing the transport and we encourage passengers to contact us – we’ll be happy to help.”

Chairman of Ivybridge and District Community Transport Association, Barbara Davies said:

“We are delighted to extend our existing Ring and Ride operation to include the parishes of South Brent and Dartington. We know how much the Ring and Ride services are valued by our own passengers and the demise of Totnes Ring and Ride must have been a worry to those who relied upon it. IDCTA is local charity which exists to serve parishes around Ivybridge and we are pleased to step in and help our neighbouring parishes. For further information on our full range of services and timetables see www.ringandride.net.”

Letters are being sent to current Ring and Ride passengers to let them know about the new arrangements personally.

Passengers requiring transport will need to telephone to register with the new providers.

To make an enquiry or book a journey please call 01626 335775 or, if you live in South Brent or Dartington, please call 01752 690444.

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