Launch of Dial-A-Ride service is welcomed

Dave Simmons welcomes the new service
Dave Simmons welcomes the new service
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A SERVICE aimed at helping people with mobility issues to complete simple tasks launches on Monday.

The new Dial-A-Ride Southern Service, supported by Adur District Council, will help people going out to pick up prescriptions, those doing the weekly shop or people just getting out to see friends for some quality time.

Offering a wide range of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, the low-cost service (fares are generally less than would be expected from a private taxi) is primarily aimed at those who are disabled or vulnerable, but carers are also welcome.

Councillor David Simmons, executive member for health & wellbeing at Adur District Council, said: “This is such an important service which has been missing from Adur for some time - so I’m absolutely delighted to see it starting back up in our community.

“The drivers are friendly, helpful and know the area extremely well - they’ll even help you to your door with your shopping if you need. Many of us take an ease of getting around for granted, but for those who can’t do so, life can feel extremely isolated.

“The Dial-A-Ride service might just prove to be an incredibly important part of breaking that isolation.”

The Dial-a-Ride office takes bookings between 9.30 and 11am, Monday to Friday on 01903 530 053. A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required and the bus service operates between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays.