Temporary arrangements in place for Totnes and Dartmouth Ring & Ride services
Posted on: 2 March 2016
Devon County Council has stepped in to ensure that the Totnes and Dartmouth Ring & Ride is continuing to operate, after the charity which runs the service recently announced it did not have sufficient funds to continue.
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.
Officers from the County Council have been working with the staff and trustees to ensure that temporary arrangements are in place to the end of this month (March). Passengers can continue to ring the existing booking line on 01803 867878 to arrange their trips for essential shopping.
Further work will take place to find a long term solution to safeguard the future of the service from April onwards.
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 also sought funding from charitable funds but found it increasingly difficult to raise the level of support required to keep the service going.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “First and foremost, our concern has been to ensure that passengers continue to have a weekly service which they can rely on. This is being provided on a temporary basis with the same booking team and drivers that people know. Our officers are currently investigating long-term, sustainable solutions to ensure that a reliable service continues after Easter.”
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