RESIDENTS of villages in the Hambleden Valley are to be linked with Henley and Marlow with a new twice-weekly minibus
RESIDENTS of villages in the Hambleden Valley are to be linked with Henley and Marlow with a new twice-weekly minibus service.
The six-month community transport pilot scheme starts on Tuesday following a survey of 600 households in the valley, which showed a need for a shopping bus.
The £4,500 cost of the experiment is being met by Buckinghamshire County Council’s South-West Chilterns and Marlow Local Area Forum.
Tom Hudson, the council’s community links officer, said the survey showed that residents who had no access to a car, found it difficult to drive, or were too young to drive, would prefer not to rely on neighbours or family for shopping trips or appointments in the towns.
Residents will be able to book the Tuesday and Thursday minibuses by noon the day before by calling (01491) 313114.
The driver will chart a flexible route through Turville, Frieth, Fingest, Skirmett and Hambleden to pick up passengers from their homes and run them to Marlow for shopping on a Tuesday and to the market in Market Place, Henley, on a Thursday.
Passengers will pay a flat return fare of £5 for the door-to-door service.
The pilot, which is being run by Hambleden Valley Community Transport, uses spare capacity on the Henley Handybus scheme and complements a community car scheme in the Hambleden Valley started by Marlow Age Concern in May last year for medical appointments.