WELLOW COMMUNITY MINI BUS

Registered Charity No. 1146173

 

Wellow Community Bus Group is a registered charity, limited by guarantee and run by trustees who are local residents providing vital morning, afternoon and evening commuter and school services from the Village Square to and from Bath.

There's no need to reserve a seat if you are leaving from Wellow, just wait at the bus stop in the Square before the departure time. Also there's no need to phone if you are using the 5.55pm service from the Avon Street Coach Park in Bath.

We try to avoid empty journeys where possible, so please remember to leave a text or voice message on the minibus mobile phone 07580 868407 if you want to be picked up from the Avon Street Coach Park in Bath at 8.05am or from the Odd Down Park & Ride at 8.45am.

If you have any questions about our scheduled services please phone our Helpline (Mike on 07854 414084 or Geoff on 01225 830159)

NORMAL SCHEDULE

 

2017 Timetable : Monday - Friday

 

WELLOW - BATH

(Riverside Coach Park)

BATH - WELLOW

(Riverside Coach Park)

WELLOW- ODD DOWN P&R ODD DOWN P&R - WELLOW

 

7.40am*

 

8.05am on request** 8.30am* 8.45am on request**

 

5.30pm

 

5.55pm 3.00pm  

Drop off/pick up is from the Riverside Coach Park, Avon Street

 

 
Fares
Adults      (multi-tickets available - buy 4 get 1 free) 16 and under OAP's go free

Wellow - Bath = £2.50 each way

Wellow - P&R = £1.00 each way

£1.25 each way

50p each way

 

* To avoid empty journeys, these buses will not run if there are no passengers in Wellow.

** To request a return pick-up, telephone the bus mobile 07580 868407 at least 30 minutes in advance and leave a message or text.

Combe Hay passengers: Please 'phone the bus mobile to request an outward pickup in case there are no passengers from Wellow

Helpline: Can't find the bus? Need to check times? Telephone Mike on 07854 414084

FARES- Fares for all services are listed below. They have remained unchanged since the service began in 2010.

SCHEDULED SERVICES (Multi-tickets available - buy 4 get 1 FREE)
To/From Riverside Coach Park, Bath Adults £2.50 each way
16's and under £1.25 each way.
OAP's FREE
To/From Odd Down Park & Ride Adults £1.00 each way
16's and under 50p each way
OAP's FREE
GROUP USE  
The bus is available for community group use by arrangement Prakriti Karthauser on 07900 163167
Print off a BOOKING FORM

We're always keen to fit in with village needs so please tell your driver or contact us with your ideas. And if you have new neighbours, tell them about the bus!

MINIBUS AVAILABLE FOR GROUP HIRE

The bus is available for group bookings on Saturdays and Sundays and most weekdays and evenings. The charge is £1.00 per mile (minimum £25.00). For return trips to Bath we have a special £80 deal which inlcudes a professional driver.

Contact Prakriti on 07900 163167 for enquiries and reservations.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE please contact Mike Clarkson on 07854 414084 to find out more.

Wellow Community Bus Committee Members (2017):

Mike Clarkson (Chairman), Geoff White (Treasurer), Christina Chauveau, Prakriti Karthauser, Steph Wheeler

The Annual Report for 2015-16 is available HERE

Support and Assistance from the following is gratefully acknowledged:


A Bit of the History

Ever since Wellow lost its B&NES-subsidised bus service in 2006, the village had been pressing for an alternative way of enabling people to reach shops, services and amenities without relying on the private car. This was identified in the Parish Plan as vital to meet the needs of those without the use of a car - particularly young people and older residents - to reduce traffic through the village and to decrease our carbon footprint.

The first step towards a solution came in 2009 when Wellow Parish Council secured a COMMA grant through Community Action, a member of ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England), sufficient to buy a 15-seater minibus. Popular demand was confirmed by a new household survey, and several residents offered to help as volunteer drivers for the bus. Several local businesses came forward with offers of sponsorship, with their logos to be prominently visible on the bus.

Wellow Community Bus Group was established, with a sizeable local membership, as a not-for-profit enterprise. The committee drew on the experience of successful community transport schemes elsewhere, and the advice of the Community Transport Association. In 2011/12, the organisation became a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, through registration with the Charity Commission and with Companies House.

The Bus started operations in September 2010, and now has a team of volunteer drivers and a group of 3 professional drivers. The service has grown in popularity over time, with 3.000 passengers in the first year doubling to over 6.000 passengers carried in 2016 and it continues to evolve.

In Autumn 2016 were delighted to receive an award from the Department for Transport's Community Transport Minibus Fund of our new Peugeot Boxer 16 seater minibus which will ensure the future of our community service for many years to come. See a copy of the award letter HERE

We still rely on volunteer effort on a day-to-day basis, on the active support of B&NES Councillor Neil Butters and B&NES Community Transport team, and on the generosity of our Corporate Sponsors, the Parish Council and individual donors.

Further offers of help are always warmly welcomed, either as an occasional driver or as a committee member.

Mike Clarkson

Autumn 2017