Posted: Wed 8th Mar 2017

Connah’s Quay community shuttle bus pilot scheme set to launch.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2017

A community shuttle bus pilot scheme is set to launch in Connah’s Quay.

The shuttle will operate from Ewloe, Northop Hall, Wepre Drive into Connah’s Quay Health Centre and the nearby Connects Centre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The service will act in addition to current bus services and allow passengers to access main bus networks for onward journeys and Connah’s Quay Town Centre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Initially a pilot scheme for 6 months, the shuttle will run to a fixed timetable and be a scheduled service, concessionary passes will be accepted on the service. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Connah’s Quay community shuttle is expected to be an 8 seater wheelchair accessible minibus, it will mirror the pilot scheme which is currently underway in Kinnerton. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In addition to a proposed scheduled shuttle a “demand responsive” transport service, primarily for Flintshire residents to attend health appointments where the main bus network, or community shuttle routes cannot be accessed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The demand responsive service will act as a bespoke door to door service taking residents to GP practices, hospital and dentists and will cost around 45p per mile with a small annual fee of around £10. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Residents will need to call to book a journey 24 hours notice before they want to travel. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

[miptheme_quote author=”Clerk of Connah’s Quay Town Council, Steven Goodrum” style=”boxquote text-left”]The Town Council welcomes the launch of the community shuttle pilot scheme which will complement the existing bus services in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We would like to thank Flintshire County Council for the work they have undertaken to introduce the scheme and do hope residents will take up the service and help make it a success.[/miptheme_quote] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Welsh Government has already awarded funding to install Community Travel Hubs which will include new bus shelters, seating, lighting, cycling provision, and footway improvements. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Work will commence on a Community Transport Hub near to the Connects Centre and library in Connah’s Quay and on Wepre Drive, more hubs will be installed as funding becomes available. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flintshire Gets On The Buses – Community transport scheme gets underway ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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