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Community transport services

What is Community Transport?

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

Community Transport is designed to be used by those who cannot access or use conventional public or private transport, although some schemes may set conditions relating to local priorities.

Find a list of local schemes that are engaging with Cornwall Council.

  • Voluntary (Community) Car Schemes – An organised form of lift giving where volunteers 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 routes that follow a set timetable like the normal public transport network. These timetables can be found in the Cornwall Public Transport Area Guides or found via Traveline.
  • Dial-a-Ride (Demand Responsive) Services – Door to Door services which normally require the passengers to pre-book seats beforehand. Potential passengers will need to register as service members beforehand.
  • Shopmobility – A nationally recognised scheme which provides mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and electric scooters for hire in town or city centres. Advanced booking is recommended, and essential for some schemes.
  • Wheels to Work / Wheels to Learn – Mopeds or bicycles are available for low cost loan alongside travel advice for individuals, who must be at risk of losing, or have a promise of a place at either education or work.
  • Volunteer! Most schemes will always be looking for new volunteers and would not exist without the time provided by these individuals, whether it is driving or other 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! If there is not a service in your area, and you would like to find out more about developing a local scheme or working with another service to extend theirs, contact us and we can discuss these options with you.