County Advice Overview
Ring and Ride and Community Transport Association schemes provide a bookable service for people who have problems accessing public transport, for example if you live too far from a bus stop, find it difficult getting on and off public buses, or there is no bus service nearby.
All vehicles are wheelchair accessible and safety-trained drivers will help you aboard and with anything else you need on your journey.
You do not need to be registered disabled or use a wheelchair to be eligible but must register for the service.
They are not-for-profit organisations and only charge based on their actual operating costs, so the fare you pay will be competitive with public transport costs in most cases. Fares are much cheaper than taxis and there is sometimes a reduced rate for bus pass holders.
Not all Schemes can take you to hospital appointments or day care centres. These appointments should be arranged by your doctor, the hospital or social services.
The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride
Dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible and safe transport service for people living in or close to the Chiltern District who, due to age, illness or disability are not able to transport themselves or use public transport services.
They run a door to door, round-trip service, using specially equipped vehicles with wheelchair access and trained, caring drivers.
The smaller vehicles are mainly driven by volunteers. They serve individuals and community based organisations, both for local journeys and longer journeys of up to 30 miles outside the Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks areas (excluding London). There is an £20 annual membership for this service. For more information please visit the Chilterns Dial-a-Ride website .
Community Transport Hub
Provides signposting information, advice and guidance on community transport services for Buckinghamshire. Please note: they cannot make or take any bookings, but can provide advice on the most appropriate method of transport in your area to meet your needs.
You can contact them on 0800 085 8480 or 01844 348834 9am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please leave a voicemail message outside these times or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maidenhead – 01628 543 038
Nicholson’s Car Park, The Broadway, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1NT
Car Scheme Operators
COMMUNITY TRANSPORT Hub 01296 841026 Monday to Friday. 9am to 12.30pm.
Community transport schemes are volunteer-led and run throughout the county offering lifts to essential appointments to those unable to access other options.
Royal Voluntary Service – 0300 555 0310
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers provide Patient Transport for essential appointments and visits to and from hospital to a GP or other medical appointment where confidence or mobility issues can make it difficult or impossible to attend by using public transport or if you live in rural areas with limited transport. Volunteers provide company and support to help you get to and from your appointment, they can also be on hand to help you check in and wait with you before returning home. Our volunteers can also take a carer if that helps with confidence to attend.
Alzheimer’s Society – 0300 150 3456
Public transport can be a lifeline for older people who are no longer able to drive. Find out how services can make a real difference to people living with dementia.
Paid Companion Driving Services.
Helping Hands – 01296 840 949
While many people consider care to be support with personal care or medication administration, we also focus on the other tasks many may forget such as running errands, grocery shopping and support with social activities.
We provide services to assist with your day-to-day life, whether you are too busy to pop out to pick up your prescription or have an urgent errand that needs running. With special attention to only helping with the aspects you want by adapting to your changing needs, our support can make the world of difference.