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New mini bus service trial
9:22am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A NEW door-to-door mini bus service for elderly and disabled passengers is launching in the Test Valley.
Test Valley Community Services begins the fortnightly trial on Wednesday (August 28) between Lockerley, the Tytherleys and Romsey.
The 15-seater vehicle, an additional service to the Dial-a-Ride facility, is open to over 60s, anyone with a disability, or those living more than 400 yards from a bus stop.
The bus will pick up passengers between 9am and 9.45am on its way to Romsey via Awbridge, Lockerley, East and West Dean and East and West Tytherley. Passengers will have about an hour in Romsey before the return journey at 11.30am.
Drivers will stop outside passengers’ homes and help them carry shopping to the front door, while a rear passenger lift is available for those with limited mobility.
Community transport manager, Dick Hewett, said: “If the service is successful on a fortnightly basis, then we will consider increasing it to weekly.
“However, that will only happen if local residents support it. We have not as yet made any long-term commitment, so the simple message is use it or lose it!”
The return fare will be £4, with concessionary Farepass holders travelling for £2.
Travel must be booked by noon the previous day by ringing 01264 356 808.
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