Community Minibus Sharing Scheme

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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 

  • Carlisle Office - Colin Bannister, Transport Co-ordinator 01228 402811 
  • Eden Office - Colin Bannister, Transport Co-ordinator 01768 721207 
  • Allerdale and Copeland Office - Helen Sullivan, Transport Co-ordinator 01946 812777 
  • South Lakes Office - Lyn Howarth, Transport Co-ordinator 01539 727001    

Cumbria Community Transport website

Cumbria Community Transport Leaflet (PDF 1.2MB)

Community Wheels

Cumbria County Council was allocated £288,000 by the Department for Transport in 2012-2013 as part of a 2nd 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. 

Visit Community Wheels to find out more.      

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.

Volunteer drivers needed (PDF 221KB)

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. 


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

Telephone: 07734 529432

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.

Telephone: 01229 717229

Northern Fells bus

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, Sebergham and Welton and Westward and Rosley.

Telephone: 016974 78787

Western Dales bus

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.

Telephone: 015396 20504

Border Rambler bus

Border Rambler Bus runs a service twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays to villages along the A689 from Brampton to Carlisle; Wednesdays a service to the Roman Army Museum from Brampton along Hadrians Wall Footpath followed periodically by a school holiday only service from Brampton to Hallbankgate; and on Thursdays a route from Brampton to Carlisle via Hethersgill and Scaleby.

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:

Telephone: 07788 396194


Section 19 Permits

Section 19 permit

Cumbria County Council issues standard Section 19 Permits as a Governing Body.  Please note that we do not issue large bus permits (17 or more passenger seats) - these can only be issued by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

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

To apply for a new permit, please complete the form below and send to the address below.  Please note that the charge is £8.30 per permit (there is no charge for replacement permits) and cheques are to be made payable to Cumbria County Council or you can pay over the phone using the contact telephone numbers below.

Please also include details of who is the owner of the vehicle and how many vehicles the organisation has.

Application for a standard or large bus permit (PDF 934KB)

If you need a replacement permit if yours is lost or faded, please contact the Transport Services Team:

Voluntary Transport Officer
Economy and Highways Services
Cumbria County Council
Parkhouse Building
Baron Way
Kingmoor Business Park
CA6 4SJ 

Mobile: 07788 396194

Telephone: 0333 240 69 65 (option 5 - charged at local rate)

E.mail :