Community transport

Community transport is specifically designed to help those who are unable to use public transport. This may be because of age, disability or lack of a public transport service.

Community transport schemes are operated directly by community organisations. Each organisation offers different levels of service - from providing transport to medical appointments only, up to a wide range of well-being purposes, including visiting family and friends. The services are provided by voluntary, non-profit making organisations, some of which receive partial funding from the county council.

How much does it cost?

Annual membership is from £15.00. In addition to the annual membership, there is typically a 'per journey' cost. Some schemes accept concessionary bus passes to cover the 'per journey' cost.

You will be required to pay the service provider directly and will need to contact the relevant service for further information.

Community maps

The maps below show coverage of community transport across the county, and also for individual districts.

Search by parish or district

Download the spreadsheet below to see what schemes are available in your area. You can use the filter option within the spreadsheet to search by parish or by district.

Contact a community transport service

Community minibus schemes

Local volunteers are used to provide regular, scheduled bus services based on local need. These help people who live in more remote or isolated communities.

​Organisation​Telephone number
​Gayton and Tiffield*​01327 353352
​Lilbourne​01788 860742
​Rushton*​01536 418047

Please note: Schemes marked with an asterisk * are funded by Northamptonshire County Council.

Dial-a-Ride

Dial-a-Ride schemes help people to shop and use local amenities, such as a post office or bank. Vehicles can normally accommodate wheelchairs.

Passengers need to register with the service in their area to book a journey in advance by telephoning their local scheme.

 
​Organisation​Telephone number
Northampton Door to Door* ​01604 583553
Shire Community Services* ​01933 223636

Please note: Schemes marked with an asterisk * are funded by Northamptonshire County Council.

Minibus group hire

Minibus group hire schemes make wheelchair-accessible minibuses available to local community groups at affordable rates. This can be with or without a driver.

​Organisation​Telephone number
Daventry Area Community Transport* ​01327 701665
Northampton Door to Door* ​01604 583553
SNVB (South Northants Volunteer Bureau) ​01327 358264
Shire Community Services* ​01933 223636

 Schemes marked with an asterisk * are funded by Northamptonshire County Council.

Voluntary car schemes

Voluntary car schemes operate with volunteer drivers using their own vehicles to take passengers to pre-booked destinations. These are often for medical appointments, but can also be for other reasons.

The schemes typically charge an annual membership fee. The passenger then pays the driver for any trips - this is calculated on mileage. 

Passengers book a journey in advance with the scheme co-ordinator who matches up the travel requirement with the drivers available. Drivers collect passengers from their home, taking them to their appointment and returning them back home.

​Organisation​Telephone number
Brackley SNVB (South Northants Volunteer Bureau)* ​01280 841099
​Corby Volunteer Car Pool*​01536 269482 or
01536 267873
​Earls Barton Car Scheme​01604 812526
​Help at Hand (Middleton Cheney)*​01295 710116
​Daventry Area Community Transport*​01327 701666
Northampton Volunteer Car Scheme* ​01604 628234
​Red Cross Northants​08450 547171
​Rural Wheels​01327 260878
​SERVE*​01933 315555
​Towcester Area Door To Door*​01327 810300 email: tadd@btconnect.com
Shire Community Services* ​01933 272735
​Weston and Lois Weedon​01327 860487
​Volunteer Action Oundle*​01832 275433

Please note: Schemes marked with an asterisk * are funded by Northamptonshire County Council.

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