Just the ticket for vital bus service

ELDERLY and vulnerable passengers who rely on a door to door bus service to get around have been given a lift.

With the Dial-a-Ride service being axed next month to cope with government funding cuts, many people were left concerned about how they would get about.

But now the county council has struck up a deal with West Lindsey District Council to enhance the existing Call Connect Service to ensure passengers are not left stranded.

They have agreed to transfer their share of the Dial-a-Ride Funding to the existing Call Connect service.

“We are delighted that we have managed to come up with a suitable agreement,” said Karen Yates, community officer at West Lindsey District Council.

“Without alternative provision, the effects on many West Lindsey passengers, who are not able to access public transport, would have been greater than other districts.

“The vast majority of Dial-a-Ride passengers will be able to use the service with extra benefits.”

There are three Call Connect buses in the district and a further bus has been added to cope with the additional Dial-a-Ride passengers making a total of four.

More than 100 passengers have already transferred from Dial-a-Ride to Call Connect Plus.

The Call Connect scheme is available to everyone and is not age or ability restricted.

There are designated pick up points, but door to door arrangements can be made for those who are disabled or live in isolated areas.

Passengers must become a member to use the service, but membership is free.

The service is free if you qualify for a bus pass, otherwise it costs between £3 and £4 return.

To make a booking call 0845 234 3344.