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Community Transport

Community Transport is the name given to a wide range of not-for-profit services provided to the community.  They are almost always dependent on volunteers. 

It is designed for people who have difficulty with access to conventional public or private transport.

Types of Community Transport

  • Voluntary (Community) Car Schemes – Organised lift from volunteers.  They use their own vehicles to provide door to door transport. There is a rate per mile charge to cover the volunteer’s expenses.
  • Community Bus Services – Regular journey's that follow a timetable. These timetables can be found via Traveline.
  • Dial-a-Ride (Demand Responsive) Services – Door to Door services which normally require passengers to pre-book seats before they travel. Passengers will need to register beforehand.
  • Shopmobility – A national scheme which provides mobility equipment for hire in towns or city centres.  Such as wheelchairs and electric scooters. Advanced booking is advised.
  • Wheels to Work / Wheels to Learn – Mopeds or bicycles are available for low cost loan alongside travel advice.  This is for individuals, who must be at risk of losing, or have a promise of a place at either education or work.

Services across Cornwall

Countywide Services

Age UK (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly) (TAP)

Voluntary Car Service
Tel: 01872 223388 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Age UK (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)

Dial-a-Ride, Community Minibus Services
Tel: 01872 266384 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Cornwall Wheels to Work

Scooter and E-Bike hire
Tel: 07970480807

Volunteer Cornwall

Voluntary Car Service
Tel: 01872 265300

North/East Cornwall Area

Lezant Community Car

Community Car Services
Tel: 01566 784050

St Breward Community Bus

Dial-a-Ride Service
Tel: 01208 850229

St Teath Community Bus

Dial-a-Ride Service
Tel: 01208 850229

Tavistock Country Bus 

Community Bus Services

Mid Cornwall Area

Gorran and District Community Bus Association Ltd (Gorranbus) – Accessible (by arrangement)

Dial-a-Ride, Community Bus Service
Tel: 01726 842733 (Daytime)

St Agnes Community Bus - Accessible

Dial-a-Ride Services
Tel: 01872 552428 (Option 1)

South East Area

Downderry & District Community Bus

Dial-a-Ride, Community Bus Services

Lanteglos-by-Fowey Community Bus Association

Dial-a-Ride, Community Bus Services
Tel: 01726 870145 (Anytime)

Lerryn Area Minibus Association

Community Bus Services
Tel: 01208 871419

(Day or Evening)

Maker with Rame Community Bus

Community Bus Services

Saltash Red Bus

Dial-a-Ride Service
Tel: 07306 359561

Tamar Valley Community Bus - Accessible

Dial-a-Ride, Community Bus Services
Tel: 01822 832998 (Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm)
Services are available for those within the parish.

How you can get involved

  • Volunteer! Most schemes are always looking for new volunteers.  They would not exist without the time provided by these individuals. Whether it is driving or helping with tasks.
  • Share! Community Transport is available for anyone who is isolated or unable to access conventional transport. If you, or someone else you know might need assistance, let them know about the services available.
  • Investigate! Please contact us if there is not a service in your area, and you would like to find out more about developing a local scheme.  Or you would like to work with another service to extend theirs.

Support for community transport

The Council help to develop Community Transport solutions. We work with communities and organisations by:

  • giving advice and information on rural transport.
  • helping to identify the needs of the community and offering types of solutions.
  • assisting with the research and development of new services.
  • advertising on the Cornwall Council website and in Cornwall Public Transport Area Guides.
  • providing funding for Community Transport organisations in Cornwall.

Scheme requirements

Any scheme receiving support from us must have or be working towards set standards. Such as DBS checks, MiDAS training and Child and Adult Safeguarding training. A copy of the requirements is available on request.

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