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Community Minibus Group Hire

Another way public transport problems in rural areas can be overcome is through Community Minibus sharing schemes.  These schemes help groups and organisations within the community to have accessible and affordable vehicles, which can be either on a self-drive basis or with a driver supplied. 

The sharing scheme is only open to non-profit making groups or organisations and they must be involved in one or more of the following activities: 

  • Social welfare
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Recreation
  • Other activities to benefit the community               

The scheme is not open to groups or organisations of a commercial or profit-making nature, nor is it open to members of the general public acting outside of the criteria above. 

If you are part of a local community group that has a transport need, please contact Cumbria Community Transport using the details below:

CUMBRIA COMMUNITY TRANSPORT 

  • Head Office - Dave Drinkald, Transport Manager (01228) 402811 
  • Carlisle & Eden Office - Colin Bannister, Transport Co-ordinator (01228) 402811 
  • Allerdale & Copeland Office - Helen Sullivan, Transport Co-ordinator (01946) 812777 
  • South Lakes Office - Lyn Howarth, Transport Co-ordinator (01539) 727001    

Cumbria Community Transport websitethis external link will open in a new window

Community Wheels is here!

Cumbria County Council was allocated £288,000 by the Department for Transport earlier in 2012-2013 as part of a second nationwide settlement of “Community Transport Transitional Funding” to enhance community transport across the country. 

In Cumbria this funding is being used by the County Council to develop a sustainable transport solution.  6 accessible Community Minibuses have been purchased to be used to provide regular transport in areas where scheduled bus services are not sustainable or where users of other Council community transport services could be more efficiently transported together. 

For more information see out Community Wheels webpage: www.cumbria.gov.uk/communitywheels      

Volunteering Opportunities

If you have a full UK driving licence with D1 entitlement and enjoy driving and meeting people, then driving community minibuses is a great way to get out and about in your spare time. Basic training is provided and Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) is also available. All volunteer expenses are reimbursed.

  

For more information on the Community Wheels scheme, please use the link below:


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Community Minibuses

An alternative way public transport problems in rural areas can be overcome is through the County Council working together with community transport organisations through the action and sustained effort of volunteers.  These schemes provide minibus services within the community to have accessible and affordable transport with a driver supplied. 

Fellrunner

The Fellrunner provides a network of scheduled bus services in the Eden and Lyvennet Valleys.

For more information, please contact:

Tel: 01768 88232

www.fellrunnerbus.co.ukthis external link will open in a new window

Muncaster Microbus

Muncaster Microbus provides a scheduled bus service.  Operating from Bootle, Eskdale, Wasdale, Holmrook, Seascale and Gosforth for regular weekly trips to Whitehaven on Tuesdays and Thursdays and day trips every other Saturday.  One Wednesday a month there is a trip to Workington or Cockermouth.

For more information, please contact:

Tel: 01229 717229

www.muncastermicrobus.org.ukthis external link will open in a new window

Northern Fells

Northern Fells run a demand responsive accessible minibus for those without their own transport in the parishes of Boltons, Caldbeck, Castle, Sowerby, Ireby with Uldale, Mungrisdale, Sedbergham & Welton and Westward & Rosley.

For more information, please contact:

Tel: 016974 78787

www.northernfellsgroup.org.uk/minibus-servicethis external link will open in a new window

 

Western Dales

Western Dales Bus provides community transport for the Western Dales and Lune Valley. Buses currently run between Dent, Sedbergh and Kendal on Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round.

For more information, please contact:

Tel: 015396 20504

www.westerndalesbus.co.ukthis external link will open in a new window

 

For more information, on any of the above schemes or are you interested in helping organise a community minibus in your local area? please contact:

Tel: 07584 883791

Email: integrated.transport@cumbria.gov.uk

 

Section 19 Permits

Cumbria County Council is notifying all schools, organisations or charities, who are Section 19 Permit holders, the requirement to ensure the permit has been replaced.  From April 2014 the old style permits are no longer valid.

Cumbria County Council issues standard Section 19 Permits as a Governing Body for a charge of £7 per permit. There is no charge for replacement permits.  Please note that we do not issue large bus permits (9-16 passenger seats), these can only be issued by VOSA.

To find out more information on Section 19 Permits, please visit VOSA’s website

If you need a permit or have a permit that needs to be replaced, please contact the Integrated Transport Team on 07788 396194.

 

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