South Cotswolds and Stroud areas

Following the decision of Cotswold Council for Volunteer Services and Stroud Ring and Ride/VCA to enter administration, Community Connexions will now be offering Dial a Ride and Voluntary Car services for the South Cotswolds and Stroud areas. You can contact them by phone on 0845 680 5029.

Community transport

What is Community Transport?

Community Transport is part of the voluntary sector and plays an important role in filling gaps in service not provided by local buses and trains (the mainstream public transport network) as well as meeting the more specific needs of particular groups or individuals in the community.

The County Council sees the effective support of Community Transport as essential to delivering positive outcomes for Gloucestershire communities. It is about meeting local transport needs in a non-profit-making or social enterprise way and can involve a mixture of volunteers and paid staff.

Successful Community Transport normally depends on a partnership between the people running the organisation, the public sector, customers and host community. It is being afforded greater prominence through the government's Big Society and localism agenda.

Is it for me?

Community Transport should be considered in the same way as other mean of public transport. The providers in Gloucestershire will do all they can to make it as easy as possible to enable you to get around where no local bus and train services run.

In Gloucestershire there is an active and diverse Community Transport sector, ranging from small voluntary car schemes through to ambitious and developing social enterprises involved in various types of service. Some have become involved in the operation of contracts for home to school and local transport on behalf of the county council, as a means of generating revenue which may in turn help support the provision of the more social types of local transport such as Dial-a-Ride schemes. Some examples include:

  • Community Connexions provide the V in Cheltenham, linking the Cleevemount Estate with the Town Centre, Hospital and Sainsbury's superstore at Oakley
  • The Tibberton - Gloucester Monday to Friday service 678 for commuters provided by Newent and District Dial-a-Ride
  • The Monday to Saturday service 27 provided by Community Connexionsand linking Tetbury with Old Sodbury where connections can be made for Yate and Bath

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