Thursday, July 15, 2021

Relaunch of the Nairnshire Dial a bus

 John Wartnaby, manager of Wheels in Nairnshire, told the Gurn:

"I just wanted to let you know that Wheels in Nairnshire have re-launched the Nairnshire Dial a Bus service as well as operating a volunteer car share scheme in the Nairnshire area.

Wheels in Nairnshire are local charity committed to helping people get about their daily lives and make transport in rural areas easier for those without good transport links. We run two schemes to help make this happen.

The Dial a Bus operates in roughly the Nairnshire county boundaries with a few addition such as Ardersier and Croy. At the moment we are operating it using small cars and this combined with the current Covid regulations means that we can only take one passenger at a time. Unfortunately we cannot operate on route currently covered by public transport with the Dial a Bus. The Bus runs Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm, and it needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

The car scheme is a bit more flexible, it runs at the same time as the dial a Bus, but we can take people to places like Inverness, Dingwall and Elgin for medical appointments etc. The car scheme is staffed entirely by volunteers using their own cars.

Both scheme are run on a Pay What You Can Afford basis, as a guide it costs us about 35p/mile to run either scheme."