Types of services


Community Transport for Individuals

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ECT Charity provides door-to-door journeys for people unable to use mainstream public transport due to mobility or other difficulties, or because ordinary public transport or other services have been withdrawn from their area.

People can use door-to-door transport for a wide variety of reasons, such as shopping, attending luncheon clubs or healthcare appointments, visiting friends and family, and going on organised day-trips to local attractions.

Increase in socially isolated older people

The UK’s population is steadily ageing. The latest projections are for 5.5 million more older people in 20 years’ time and that that number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050. Within this total, the number of very old people grows even faster: there are currently 3 million people aged over 80 and this is projected to almost double by 2030 and reach 8 million by 20501.

Many older people are vulnerable to social isolation due to loss of mobility, friends and family, and even income. “Social isolation” and “loneliness” are often used interchangeably, but it is important to note that they are not one and the same. “Loneliness” is subjective – an unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship. On the other hand, “social isolation” is the objective absence or paucity of contacts and interactions between an older person and a social network.

Why is social isolation an important issue?

Researchers from University College London found that both social isolation and loneliness had a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life and well-being. Further, they found that social isolation particularly, is associated with increased risk of health problems and mortality in older people. This negative impact on health leads to an increased demand from health and social care systems.

ECT Charity is able to address the needs of older people and other groups, as for many, mainstream public transport can be frightening or inaccessible.

How does ECT Charity help tackle the problem of social isolation?

In a time of extensive cuts in public spending and a growing population of socially isolated older people, ECT Charity’s door-to-door accessible transport service for individuals represents a major impact on society. By enabling older people to venture out of their homes to attend social events, go shopping and visit family and friends, ECT Charity helps reduce social isolation (and in turn, health problems and mortality). Not only does ECT Charity contribute directly to members of society, but it also alleviates the pressure on the health and social care systems.

Community Transport for Groups

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Our Group Transport service is available for voluntary and community organisations including charities, community groups and schools. We enable groups to book a minibus for their own use. You can travel anywhere in the UK, on any day of the week.

We can provide your group with a professional, uniformed driver who has received MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) and first aid training, and has been cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), previously Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Alternatively, your group can nominate a volunteer to drive instead (provided that the driver has received MiDAS training, either from the training courses we provide or from elsewhere).

For more information about Group Transport near you, please click on the area that applies: Ealing, Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset.

Training services

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Driver Training

What driver training do you provide?

The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) is a nationally-recognised standard, administered by the Community Transport Association, which provides for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.

Our in-house, MiDAS-accredited Driver Assessor Trainers provide classroom-based theory training, as well as an on-road driving assessment.

Drivers who will be transporting passengers with disabilities, including wheelchair users, will undertake a further training module, which cover topics including passenger assistance, disability awareness and the use of wheelchair accessible vehicles and equipment.

For further information on the MiDAS scheme, please click here.

Who is the driver training available to?

Our MiDAS training courses are available to those:

  • joining our team of employed ECT Charity drivers;
  • interested in volunteering to drive an ECT Charity minibus;
  • interested in driving a minibus for a local community group or school; and
  • working for a neighbouring community transport operator that doesn’t provide their own driver training.

All drivers listed above, whether employed or volunteering, will undergo the same MiDAS training.

What are the requirements for undertaking MIDAS Driver Training?

To be eligible to take our MiDAS training, you must:

  • be over 21 years old, and under 70 years old (unless a medical has been passed);
  • have held a UK driving licence for over two years;
  • not have 6 points or more on your UK driving licence;
  • not have any serious motoring convictions for at least 5 years; and
  • not have had any driving bans for at least 10 years.

How can I drive for ECT Charity?

If you are interested in becoming one of our employed drivers, please check our job opportunities here. Alternatively, if you would like to become one of our volunteer drivers, please contact us for further information.

In both of these cases, we will provide you with training after you have applied. You do not need to book MiDAS training before applying.

Please note that unless you are able to meet the criteria in the list above, you will not be eligible to undertake our MIDAS training.

I want to be a minibus driver for a local community group, school or community transport organisation. Where and when are your training sessions? How much does it cost, and how can I book?

ECT Charity provides MiDAS training from its depots in Dorset, Cheshire and Ealing, London. Click here for more information on our locations.

For further information on timings and prices, please email us at:


Passenger Assistant Training

What is a Passenger Assistant?

Passenger Assistants are those whose role it is to provide care and assistance to passengers travelling on the road, whether in minibuses, cars, taxis or large buses.

What Passenger Assistant training do you provide?

The Passenger Assistant Training Scheme (PATS) is a nationally-recognised standard, administered by the Community Transport Association, which provides for the training Passenger Assistants.

For further information on the PATS scheme, please click here.

Who is the Passenger Assistant training available to?

We provide PATS training to those:

  • joining our team of employed ECT Charity Passenger Assistants;
  • those interested in volunteering as an ECT Charity Passenger Assistant; and
  • those interested in working as a Passenger Assistant for another organisation.

Our employed Passenger Assistants and volunteer Passenger Assistants both receive the same PATS training.

How can I be a Passenger Assistant for ECT Charity?

If you are interested in becoming one of our employed Passenger Assistants, please check our job opportunities here. Alternatively, if you would like to become one of our volunteer Passenger Assistants, please contact us for further information.

Community Transport for Public Bodies

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ECT Charity works with local authorities to provide services such as special educational needs transport, trips to and from day centres, local bus services, health and other door-to-door transport for older, disabled and isolated individuals.

These community transport services provide a variety of solutions fulfilling statutory requirements and other social needs.

ECT Charity enters into contracts if in doing so it:

  • provides a public benefit;
  • falls within the scope of ECT Charity’s charitable objectives; and
  • provides a clear financial contribution to the charity’s core costs and stable income for a known period, enabling the charity to commit resources to its charitable services.

Obligation on commissioners to consider social value

The idea that businesses can create social and environmental returns alongside financial returns has been gathering increasing interest. This shift in thinking is exemplified by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which came into force in January 2013 and obliges all public bodies in England and Wales to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.

Not only do we achieve social impact through our services for individuals and groups, but the vehicles remain in the community as an asset. When a Local Authority procures its home-to-school transport services (including for children with special educational needs), we ensure that we maximise the use of our vehicles by using them during the day for our individual door-to-door transport services (such as transporting socially isolated old people to and from luncheon clubs and healthcare appointments) and during the weekends for use by voluntary and community sector groups.

Cuts to commissioners’ budgets

Whilst the financial downturn catalysed the move towards social value commissioning, it has also meant that commissioners have suffered significant cuts to their budgets. As such, commissioners are under pressure to procure the required services but with fewer resources. Whereas some transport operators may choose to compromise on quality to lower their prices in order to secure a contract, we are firmly dedicated to maintaining our high quality and safety standards as a priority. We never compromise on that. Instead of taking a simplistic and reactionist approach to the changing climate, we have taken a holistic view and aim to work with commissioners to facilitate “integrated care” in the communities in which we serve.

An integrated healthcare system is one which puts the focus back on the patient with the aim to minimise fragmentation in patient services and instead provide efficient, coordinated and continuous care. ECT Charity and community transport play a crucial role in facilitating this transition.

Not only do we contribute to the NHS’s drive for an increasingly integrated approach to healthcare, we also contribute to deferring and reducing the need for healthcare of older people.

For instance, our door-to-door transport service can help an 80 year old lady maintain her independence by going to the shops and visiting friends. If it were not for our service, she would remain socially isolated at home which would contribute to the deterioration of her psychological and physical wellbeing. It is well known that socially isolated older people make far more calls to their GPs than those who lead a more socially active lifestyle.

MiDAS and PATS Training in Ealing

1. What types of training are available?

Standard MiDAS Course (Module 1 & 2): This course is taught in two parts: the classroom session, and the driving assessment. During the classroom session you will receive training on a number of topics, including the role of the driver. You will also receive a theory paper to check your understanding of the topics delivered. The classroom session does not allow enough time for driving assessment to be done on the same day, and so it must be completed at a mutually agreed date and time. The driving assessment takes about two hours per person, and it has to be done individually.

Accessible MiDAS Course (Module 3): This additional accessible module will include classroom training, a practical skills assessment (where you will be assessed on your ability to use a passenger lift or ramp, and secure a wheelchair user in a minibus), as well as practical demonstrations on how to assist passengers who have walking difficulties, and have a sight or hearing loss. You will also answer additional theory paper questions to check your understanding of the topics delivered.

Refresher (Standard MiDAS) and Refresher (Accessible MiDAS): The Community Transport Associated recommends that you attend refresher training before your MiDAS certificate expires. This training will review the material covered in the original training, as well as provide up-to-date information on equipment, minibuses, the law and safe practice.

PATs Course: This course will include classroom training, a written assessment and a practical skills assessment. The course will cover the following modules:

  • Module A – the role of the passenger assistant;
  • Module B1 – passenger awareness and assistance;
  • Module B2 – assisting passengers who travel in their wheelchairs;
  • Module C1 – supervising children and young people with special needs; and
  • Module C2 – working with adults who require care and supervision.

PATs Refresher: The Community Transport Association recommends that you attend refresher training before your PATs certificate expires. This training will review the material covered in the original training, as well as provide up-to-date information on the legal, practical and safety issues surrounding the passenger assistant role.

2. What are the requirements for undertaking MiDAS training?

Please be aware that to drive a minibus in the UK, and as part of the MiDAS training, you must:

  • be over 21 years old, and under 70 years old (unless a medical has been passed);
  • have held a UK driving licence for over two years;
  • not have 6 points or more on your UK driving licence;
  • not have any serious motoring convictions for at least 5 years; and
  • not have had any driving bans for at least 10 years.

Unless you are able to meet all of these conditions, you will not be eligible to undertake MiDAS training.

3. Where does training take place?

Ealing Community Transport, Greenford Depot, Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9AP.

4. When does training take place?

Date Type of MiDAS course Time

7 Oct

Standard

9.30 – 13.30

16 Oct

Accessible

9.30 – 16.30

23 Oct

Standard

17.00 - 21.00

31 Oct

Accessible

9.00 - 16.30

11 Nov

Standard

9.30 – 13.30

21 Nov

Refresher (Standard & Accessible)

9.30 –16.30

27 Nov

Refresher (Standard Only)

17.00 – 19.30

4 Dec

Standard

9.30 - 13.30

9 Dec

Accessible

9.30 – 16.30


5. How much does training cost?

Type of Training

Statutory Group

Community Group

Standard MiDAS (Modules 1 & 2)

£80

£40

Accessible MiDAS (Module 3)

£60

£30

Refresher (Standard MiDAS)

£60

£30

Refresher (Accessible MiDAS)

£40

£20

Passenger Assistant Training (PATs)

£150

£100

Refresher (PATs)

Please contact us for more info

Please contact us for more info


Please note that discounts are available for groups of five and above. Please contact us at ealing@ectcharity.co.uk for further information.


6.
How do I book?

Please contact us at ealing@ectcharity.co.uk in order to book. Alternatively, please call 020 8813 3210.

If you are a member of ECT’s Group Transport Services, the person in your organisation who usually books the transport, pays the invoices, or acts as group leader (“Main Contact”) must authorise your attendance.

If you are the Main Contact, please note that we must receive an email from you confirming the attendance of the driver(s) prior to training. Further, please ensure they are familiar with the requirements for undertaking MiDAS training (listed at paragraph 2 above), and provide them with a copy of this document.

7. What do I need to bring?

For the MiDAS course, you are required to produce your driving licence and your National Insurance number at the classroom theory session.

8. Is there parking?

Please be advised that parking is not available on site, however there is parking available on the Greenford Road.

9. Are refreshments provided?

Tea, coffee and water will be provided. A vending machine with snacks is also available.

If you attend a morning course, you are advised to bring a packed lunch as there are no facilities available on site.

Terms and Conditions of ECT’s Group Transport Service

WHO CAN USE GROUP TRANSPORT? The service is only available to community and statutory groups who are registered, fully paid members with ECT. Community groups are defined as voluntarily set up organisations working within the community (e.g. clubs, associations, charities). Statutory groups are publicly funded bodies (e.g. schools, day centres, local council departments, health authorities). Membership is renewable annually.

WHO CAN MAKE A BOOKING? Bookings will only be accepted from authorised persons registered with ECT. The Main Contact or Treasurer of the Group must notify ECT of any changes to their authorised persons in writing, preferably by email. It is the Group’s responsibility to ensure Group and driver information is up-to-date.

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I DRIVE? Minibuses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be driven anywhere in the UK.

WHO CAN DRIVE? The minibus can only be driven by a person who has received full training from ECT and is in possession of a valid ECT photocard ID and MiDAS certificate. The Group must notify ECT of their nominated driver at least 24 hours in advance of minibus collection. Nominated drivers from a Group are deemed to be acting in a voluntary capacity and must perform this in accordance with ECT’s Role Description: Group Transport Volunteer Driver.

WHAT IF WE CAN’T PROVIDE OUR OWN DRIVER? ECT can provide fully trained, DBS checked drivers to drive for group transport bookings. If notified at the time of booking, ECT drivers are available to assist passengers in their transport requirements throughout the day (e.g. pushing wheelchairs), excluding legally required breaks. Please note, they are not trained as carers and will not be able to assist with e.g. toilet breaks.

INCIDENTS, ACCIDENTS & BREAKDOWN If the Group has an accident, incident or breakdown Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm, ECT should be contacted on 020 8813 3210. At any other time please call the Emergency Breakdown line on 0751 55 5050. All accidents or incidents must be notified to ECT at the time they occur.

COLLECTION AND RETURN

  • The minibus must be collected and returned by the date and time specified on the Group Transport Booking Form. The Group will be liable for charges for late returns..
  • If available, minibuses can be booked from the evening before (from 17.30) without incurring an extra charge.
  • A driver must present a valid ECT photocard ID when collecting the minibus.
  • If ECT is providing a driver, the driver and mileage charge will be calculated from the time the driver leaves the Greenford Depot to pick up the Group, to the time the driver returns to the Greenford Depot. If the driver is picking up and dropping off at a point for collection at a later time, the Group will be charged for the driver’s positioning journey back to and from the Greenford Depot.
  • It is the responsibility of the Group to inspect the minibus for cleanliness and report any issues to ECT prior to leaving Greenford Depot/commencing the booking.
  • In accordance with MiDAS training, the driver must undertake a full vehicle check and complete and sign the Group Transport Logsheet prior to the minibus being driven. Any defects must be reported to ECT and approval given for the journey to continue, prior to departure.
  • Subject to any fair wear and tear, the minibus, its keys and any equipment contained within it (e.g. wheelchair restraints) must be returned to the Greenford Depot in the same condition it was in at the time of collection. If a minibus is not returned in an appropriate state of cleanliness, the Group will be responsible for cleaning charges as outlined in ECT’s Group Transport Summary of Charges.
  • When returning the minibus during office hours, return the keys and paperwork, including the fully completed and signed Group Transport Logsheet to the office. If out of hours, return keys and paperwork, including the fully completed and signed Group Transport Logsheet, to the Greenford Depot Security Hut.
  • The minibus must only be parked in the parking spaces allocated to ECT in the Greenford Depot carpark. A sitemap is available in minibus collection paperwork.

FUEL & REFUELLING ECT meets the costs of all fuelling. Minibuses are provided with an Allstar fuel card to cover the cost of refuelling. ECT will not reimburse cash payments. Drivers must ensure that the garage accepts Allstar fuel cards prior to filling up. All ECT minibuses are DIESEL and minibuses must be returned with at least half a tank of fuel.

USE OF A MINIBUS ECT minibuses must be driven in accordance with all applicable road traffic laws and regulations. The Group will be liable for any Penalty Charge Notices or other charges which arise as a result of a failure to do so. This includes any penalties for driving a non-compliant minibus in the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) if ECT is not advised at the time of booking that the booking would involve entering the ULEZ. The Group must also:

  • Ensure that any luggage or goods transported in the minibus are secured to the extent they will not cause damage to the minibus or cause risk to any passengers or to any third party or to any third party property.
  • Treat the minibus with due care and respect and make sure that it is always locked when it is parked or left unattended.
  • Never drive the minibus whilst under the influence of alcohol, hallucinatory drugs, narcotics, barbiturates, other illegal drugs or any other substance (whether legal or illegal) that is liable to impair driving ability.
  • Not smoke in the minibus nor allow anybody else to do so. This includes the use of e-cigarettes. If we reasonably believe that smoking has happened in the minibus, ECT may charge the Group cleaning fees, as described in ECT’s Group Transport Summary of Charges.
  • Do not use the minibus nor allow the minibus to be used:
  • If damage will occur to any part of the minibus or any of its accessories;
  • To carry passengers for hire or reward, or for commercial purposes;
  • To carry more passengers than is recommended by the minibus’s manufacturer and seating capacity, or exceed the number of wheelchair spaces provided;
  • To carry flammable liquids, gases or dangerous items; toxic, harmful and/or radioactive products or those that infringe laws and regulations, or to transport passengers and goods with a weight, quantity and/or volume that exceeds the minibus weight capacity;
  • Drive on roads that are unfit for a minibus or where the surface or condition may risk damaging the minibus body, tyres, or the underside of the minibus, such as beaches, forest paths, mountains, etc.;
  • To intentionally commit an offence.

CANCELLATIONS You may cancel up to 48 hours before the minibus collection time without incurring a fee. Fees for late cancellations or no-shows are outlined in ECT’s Group Transport Summary of Charges.

FEES AND CHARGES These are outlined in ECT’s Group Transport Summary of Charges. Invoices are sent at the end of each month and payment is due within 30 days.

MINIBUS DAMAGE COST RECOVERY POLICY Up to £350 excess is payable by the Group if a driver provided by the Group is responsible for at fault accidents/incidents. This includes incorrect fuelling, interior/exterior damage and flat batteries (as a result of not switching off the radio/lights).

LIABILITY ECT is not liable for any consequential loss, financial or otherwise, incurred by the Group, its drivers or passengers following the non-availability, failure to provide, theft, breakdown or loss, of a minibus.

Summary of Charges

Membership

Charge

Statutory Group Community Group
New Membership & Annual Renewal £25 £5


Minibus

Charges

Statutory Group Community Group
Session/Daily Charge (includes 15 free miles) £70 £35
Each mile after 15 miles £0.95 £0.95
Cancellation (less than 48 hours’ notice) £50 £25
No shows (for each day booked) £70 £35
Late return of vehicle £15 per hour £15 per hour


Cleaning Charges Statutory Group Community Group
Vehicle returned which needs to be swept out £35 £35
Vehicle returned which needs interior valet £60 £60
[Note that a deposit may be required]


Driver Charges Statutory Group Community Group
ECT Professional Driver £18 per hour £15 per hour
ECT Passenger Assistant (PA) £14.50 per hour £11.50 per hour
Cancellation (less than 24 hours’ notice) [This charge is in addition to the abovementioned charge “Cancellation (less than 48 hours’ notice)”] 3hr charge per driver and/or PA 3hr charge per driver and/or PA


DBS Enhanced Disclosures
Admin fee of £10 per form (for both Statutory Groups and Community Groups)


Vehicle Damage Cost Recovery
Up to £350 excess is payable by Groups where volunteer drivers are responsible for at fault accidents/incidents. This includes incorrect fuelling, interior/exterior damage and flat batteries (as a result of not switching off radio/lights).

PlusBus services to and from Yeovil

“Yeovil A” Service:

  • This service runs to Yeovil every other Thursday (so in 2019 on 5 Sept, 19 Sept, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec).
  • Please note that with effect from September 2019, this service no longer runs on Tuesdays.
  • Starting from Okeford Fitzpaine area approx. 9.00am via villages including Ibberton, Woolland, Hazelbury Bryan, Kings Stag, Bishops Caundle, Stourton Caundle and Stalbridge.
  • Return journey departs Yeovil 12.30pm.
  • This service also serves Sherborne (see here).
  • Also see our “Blandford D” service.


“Yeovil B” Service:

  • This service runs to Yeovil on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Starting from Bradford Peverell/Stratton area approx. 9.15am via villages including Frampton, Maiden Newton, Cattistock, Evershot, Holywell and Melbury Osmund.
  • Return journey departs Yeovil 12.30pm.

PlusBus services to and from Wimborne

“Wimborne A” Service.

  • This service runs to and from Wimborne every Friday.
  • Starting from Sixpenny Handley area approx. 9.30am via villages including Cranborne, Wimborne St Giles, Gussage All Saints, Gussage St Michael, Long Crichel, Moor Crichel, Witchampton, Hinton Martell, Gaunts Common, Holt and Furzehill.
  • Return journey departs 1.15pm.
  • Also see our “Blandford A” service.


PlusBus services to and from Sherborne

“Sherborne” Service:

  • This service runs to Sherborne every other Thursday (so in 2019 on 5 Sept, 19 Sept, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec.)
  • Starting from Okeford Fitzpaine area approx. 9.00am via villages including Ibberton, Woolland, Hazelbury Bryan, Kings Stag, Bishops Caundle, Stourton Caundle and Stalbridge.
  • Return journey departs Sherborne 12.45pm.
  • Also see our “Yeovil A” service and “Blandford D” service.

PlusBus services to and from Salisbury

“Salisbury A” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Salisbury every Tuesday.
  • Starting from Edmondsham area approx. 9.30am via villages including Cranborne, Alderholt, Damerham and Martin.
  • Return journey departs 1.00pm.

“Salisbury B” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Salisbury on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Starting from Shroton area approx. 9.15am via villages including Iwerne Minster, Sutton Waldron, Fontmell Magna, Tarrant Gunville, Tarrant Hinton and Wimborne St Giles.
  • Return journey departs 1.30pm.
  • Also see our “Blandford B” service.

PlusBus services to and from Dorchester

“Dorchester A” Service:

  • The following service runs to and from Dorchester every Wednesday.
  • Starting from Bovington area approx. 9.30am via villages including Wool, Lulworth, Winfrith Newburgh, Warmwell and West Stafford.
  • Return journey departs 1.15pm.

“Dorchester B” Service:

  • The following service runs to and from Dorchester every Wednesday.
  • Starting from Abbotsbury area approx. 9.30am via villages including Portesham, Winterbourne Abbas and Martinstown.
  • Return journey departs 1.00pm.
  • Also see our “Bridport C” service.

“Dorchester C” Service:

  • The following service runs to and from Dorchester every Wednesday.
  • Starting from Broadwindsor area approx. 9.00am via villages including Mosterton, South Perrott, Hooke, Toller Porcorum, Maiden Newton and Frampton.
  • Return journey departs 1.20pm.

PlusBus services to and from Bridport

“Bridport A” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Bridport every Wednesday.
  • Starting from Thorncombe area approx. 9.00am via villages including Drimpton, Broadwindsor, Bowood, Stoke Abbot, Salwayash and Dottery.
  • Return journey departs 12.00pm.

“Bridport B” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Bridport every Wednesday.
  • Starting from Catherston Leweston area approx. 10.30am via villages including Wootton Fitzpaine, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Ryall and Symondsbury.
  • Return journey departs 1.30pm.

“Bridport C” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Bridport on alternate Wednesdays and Saturdays. So for 2019, service will run on:
    • September: Wed 4th, Sat 14th, Wed 18th, Sat 28th;
    • October: Wed 2nd, Sat 12th, Wed 16th, Sat 26th, Wed 30th;
    • November: Sat 2nd, Wed 6th, Sat 16th, Wed 20th, Sat 30th; and
    • December: Wed 4th, Sat 14th, Wed 18th.
  • Starting from Long Bredy approx. 9.30am.
  • Return journey departs 12.30pm.
  • Also see our “Dorchester B” service.

“Bridport Friday” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Bridport every Friday.
  • Starting from Maiden Newton approx. 9.15am through Toller Porcorum, Powerstock, Askerswell, Uploders and Loders. Arriving into Bridport town centre 10am.
  • Morrisons served on request.
  • Return journey departs 12.30pm.
  • Please click here to see our “Bridport Friday” leaflet for more information.

PlusBus services to and from Blandford

“Blandford A” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Blandford every Thursday.
  • Starting from Cranborne area approx. 9.30am via villages including Wimborne St Giles, Gussage All Saints, Gussage St Michael, Long Crichel, Moor Crichel, Manswood, Witchampton, the Tarrants, and Ashley Wood.
  • Return journey departs 12.50pm.
  • Also see our “Wimborne A” service.

“Blandford B” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Blandford every Thursday.
  • Starting from Gussage St Andrew area approx. 9.30am via villages including Minchington, Farnham, Chettle, Tarrant Hinton, Tarrant Gunville and Pimperne.
  • Return journey departs 1.00pm.
  • Also see our “Salisbury B” service.

“Blandford C” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Blandford on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Starting from Bere Regis area approx. 9.40am via villages including Winterborne Kingston.
  • Return journey departs 12.30pm.

“Blandford D” Service:

  • This service runs to and from Blandford on alternate Thursdays (so for 2019, service will run on Sept 12th, Sept 26th, Oct 10th, Oct 24th, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Dec 5th, Dec 19th).
  • Starting from Stalbridge area approx. 9.20am via villages including Stourton Caundle, Bishops Caundle, Lydlinch, Bagber, Kingston, Hazelbury Bryan, Woolland, Ibberton, Okeford Fitzpaine, Shillingstone and Durweston.
  • Return journey departs 1.00pm.
  • Also see our “Yeovil A” service.

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