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History And Background
A Mendip Community Transport scheme has been in existence in excess of 20 years but was reformed in 2002. At that time it became a not for profit organisation with Charitable Status. The company is limited by guarantee and has a board of Trustees and no shareholders. It has continued the excellent work which the former business undertook and has now grown considerably.

In 2002 the business was operating with 5 mini buses whereas now it has some 28 mini buses in the fleet, all of which are wheelchair accessible.

 

Services Currently Provided
With this larger fleet the organisation is able to meet a wide variety of transport needs, undertaking regular work for Somerset County Council in the use of Social Care and Special Needs Education Transport. Similarly on behalf of Somerset County Council the business is now operating a service known as Mendip Slinky using two buses. One bus operates in the Frome and Shepton Mallet areas and the other, based in Wells, covers the area of Wells, Glastonbury, and Street. This service is provided by two wheelchair accessible mini buses and is available to all registered users. (For fuller details please click on our Mendip Slinky page).

A similar service known as Sedgemoor Slinky is also provided, again on behalf of Somerset County Council in the Sedgemoor District Council area and again two vehicles cover the whole of the area. One covers the north of the region, the other covers the south. This service provides transport to all registered users. (For fuller details please click on our Sedgemoor Slinky page).

Connecting Communities
Following the Department of Transport Minibus Fund which was launched in 2015 we acquired two additional vehicles to our fleet.

These vehicles were to be made available to combat social isolation to individuals & Community Groups following a reduction in service buses to villages in both the Sedgemoor and Mendip Areas.

After much discussion with Parish and Town Councils it is pleasing to say that currently both vehicles are being used in supporting Route 601 Frome villages and Route 67 Wedmore to Wells.

In addition to the above, the business is able to provide transport to a wide variety of groups, societies, and clubs, normally within the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas, and tends to revolve around the elderly, infirm, or youth groups.

In our early years it became apparent that regular requests were being made to provide a service for transportation to medical appointments. The business responded to these requests and has now built a Hospital Car Service operated purely by volunteer drivers. This is available to registered users for the purpose of attending medical and Hospital appointments outside of the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas.

The Glastonbury Tor Community Bus is a regulated bus route (No 196) also operated by the business providing a necessary bus link between Glastonbury town centre and the Tor.
This service normally operates 1st April - 30th September each year.