Transport Help

ASSISTED TRANSPORT

COUNTY CARS

Lancashire County Council’s “Community Transport Team” provides funding for 15 County Car schemes throughout the district. The day to day operation of the schemes is managed by local volunteer co-ordinators and a team of volunteer drivers.

Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to provide a door-to-door service for anyone who finds it difficult or impossible to use public transport. This helps them to travel up to a 20 miles radius from their homes. For anyone who can use public transport but who lives in an area where there are no suitable services, they may be taken to and from their nearest reasonable bus stop, railway station etc. The aim of the service is to complement the public transport network, and to ensure that it is not seen as a “Cheap Taxi”, but rather as a caring service for those who need it.
The success of the schemes makes a major contribution to the lives of many people, enabling isolated groups to undertake essential trips which they would not be able to do without the goodwill of our volunteers.

Full fare: 42p per mile travelled
Half fare for bus pass holders i.e.21p per mile
40p per single journey for blind and disabled.’

'The service provides for people in rural areas to reach medical appointments, shopping, and visiting. If support is needed, a second person can accompany the passenger. The service is a lifeline to people who otherwise would be trapped in their homes.

Drivers use their own cars, and are paid expenses towards their costs. Additional insurance cover is arranged, and their only commitment is when they agree to make the trip.

I hope you feel you can help to keep this vital service running. If you can help, or would like more information, please call Christine on 01772 682503. E-mail: chrishoban@aol.com

 

BUS PASSES – NoWcards

Holders of Elderly NoWcards issued by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council, Lancashire County Council, or the Borough, City or District Council's of Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre receive:

  • English National Concession: free off peak travel (between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays) on local bus services throughout England.
  • Free off peak travel on Tramcar services in Blackpool and Wyre (except special tours and excursions after 18:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and the October school half term during the illuminations period).

Any time before 9.30am, or after 11.00pm, card holders will be expected to pay full rate.

Holders of Disabled NoWcards receive:

  • English National Concession: free off peak travel (between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays) on local bus services throughout England.
  • 50p flat fare per journey on local bus services which start, end or are wholly within Lancashire (includes Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool) before 09:30 Monday to Friday.
  • Free off peak travel on Tramcar services in Blackpool and Wyre (except special tours and excursions after 18:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and the October school half term during the illuminations period).

To make an application, or further enquiry about NoWcard, visit the website or contact Lancashire County Council:

TEL: 08450581096 EMAIL: nowcard@lancashire.gov.uk
WEB: www.nowcard.org
ADDRESS:  NoWcard Helpline, NoWcard PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 0LD

WYRE & FYLDE DIAL-A-BUS

The Dial-A-Bus service, supported by Lancashire County Council, provides door-to-door services within their operating areas, using vehicles ‘specially adapted to make them easy to use. Vehicles are equipped with lifts and passenger restraints so that wheelchair users can travel without having to transfer to a seat. Services may run to a broad route and timetable. Please contact the operator for up-to-date details. They will always try to help wherever they can.

Travelcare Office, Lancs Commercial Services,
Kirkham Distribution Centre, Richards Street, Kirkham, PR4 2HU
Tel: 01772 682749, Fax: 01772 682050