UBUS service retained and enhanced

Released on 8 July 2019 Archived Press Release

Stratford News

Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Cabinet has today, Monday 8 July, agreed to retain and enhance the UBUS service and also agreed funding for the next five years.

UBUS is a service for residents of all ages, who struggle for transport to get to local destinations on weekdays between 9.30am and 2.30pm. The service collects people from their home and takes them to an agreed destination.

Cllr Jo Barker, People Portfolio says: "Social and rural isolation are major local challenges given the rurality of Stratford District. The UBUS plays an important role and lifeline for many to help combat this.

"We know - and evidence shows - how important this service is for users, with 98% very satisfied / satisfied with the helpfulness and attitude of the driver.  In the latest Citizen's Panel UBUS was the second most highly supported District project."

To support The Cabinet's decision to retain and enhance the UBUS service Warwickshire County Council are contributing additional funding by diverting current funds from other services.   

This contribution will subsidise the extension of the service to include:

  • the use of concessionary passes
  • extended operating hours and
  • increased geographical / operational coverage
  • increased vehicle numbers/capacity 

Cllr Barker continued: "By allocating resources in a different way, the County Council has been able to increase its funding contribution for the UBUS service. This has enabled the District Council to maintain its current funding level, while at the same time residents can benefit from an enhanced service. A winning combination all round!"

The UBUS service has been operating since 2014.

UBUS is a service for residents of all ages, who struggle for transport to get to local destinations on weekdays between 9.30am and 2.30pm. The service collects people from their home and takes them to an agreed destination.

UBUS is a community transport service that operates on a dial-a-bus basis. The service is for all residents of any age, wherever they may live in the district, who are stuck for transport to travel locally on weekdays between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

UBUS vehicles are fitted with ramps or tail lifts to ensure they are as easy as possible for everyone to access including wheelchair users.

The UBUS Service

UBUS
UBUS operates on a 'zone' basis, providing transport in different parts of Stratford-on-Avon district on specific days:

  • West of district - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • East of district - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • South of district - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Stratford Town - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

To register to use the service call 01789 264491.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council contributes £109,000 a year for the service.


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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