Ramsbury Community Bus, the Flyer

Ramsbury Community Bus, the Flyer

Contact

  • Muriel Lye
  • 01672 520555
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About Us

The Ramsbury Flyer is run by an 8-person committee, under the chairmanship of Chris Morgan : it operates under the umbrella of the Ramsbury Parish Council.We have close links with Community First, based in Devizes, and benefit from their support with regard to new legislation, new community ideas and suggestions for further services.A quarterly rota is organised, which assigns volunteer drivers to the various community services offered. Each of our volunteer drivers is encouraged to take a qualification in driving a minibus, which is part of the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MIDAS). This is a programme designed to enhance the driving skills of minibus drivers, for which additional skills are needed. It is a most worthwhile certification to have. In recent years, we have been fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Parish Council to help with the expense associated with MIDAS training

History

Our first Flyer was delivered in 1993, and funded jointly by Kennet District Council and the CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England). This was under an initiative to encourage villages to run their own local mini-buses, where there was a shortage of scheduled bus services. A survey had been done in the village to ascertain the level of interest in having such a service.Since the demise of KDC, ownership of the Flyer has been transferred to Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council, and we have received a yearly grant from Wiltshire Council to cover depreciation costs : we are hopeful this will continue.The day to day costs of running the Flyer are paid for by the regular services to Hungerford, Marlborough and Newbury, the Surgery runs and revenue from private hire.The aim of the Flyer is to offer extra transport to the residents of Ramsbury, and local villages, complimenting the public transport available, and providing a community service. The committee has always been mindful not to undercut our village businesses, but wishes to offerresidents the opportunity to visit local towns, to go to the bank or building society, the market, or clothes and specialist shops nearby.

Hungerford

Twice each week, on Wednesday and Friday mornings, the Flyer takes passengers from Ramsbury into Hungerford, and returns them during early lunchtime. Full details, and times, for this service are available on the 'New Timetable' schedule, which includes the Froxfield service.On Wednesday, the Flyer leaves Ramsbury at 10 am, collecting from Chilton Foliat, and dropping off passengers in Hungerford at approx 10.20 am. It then collects passengers from Froxfield, and brings them back into Hungerford. The return journeys leave Hungerford at 11.35 am, to Froxfield, and then at 12.05 pm to Chilton Foliat and Ramsbury, reaching the latter at approx 12.25 pm. On Friday, the Flyer leaves Aldbourne at 10 am, collecting from Ramsbury and Froxfield, on its way to Hungerford. There is no service via Chilton Foliat on a Friday. These times have been arranged to coincide with the trains in Hungerford. One of our volunteers will be driving.You can use your bus pass on these services, or pay £1.50 for the return journey and 80p for a single, from either Ramsbury or Aldbourne.

Day Trips

We are running various day trips over the coming months : details of these are given elsewhere on this website, also in the Ramsbury Flyer advert in the Whitton Ways magazine, in the Ramsbury Diary, and on local posters.During August last year, for example, we had a lovely day trip to Mudeford Quay, with ten passengers aboard the Flyer. It was a sunny day, and everyone had a good time, spending a few hours on the beach, at the café, and climbing Hengistbury Head – some passengers even went kayaking in Christchurch Harbour

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