North East Lincolnshire Council’s Cabinet has agreed proposals to continue to provide its popular Phone ‘n’ Ride service.
The service, which averages more than 2,200 passengers a month, covers the whole of North East Lincolnshire and is open to anyone living, working or visiting the area.
Phone ‘n’ Ride was established in 2005 for members of the community who don’t have access to mainstream public transport, improving access to access health, education, work and leisure opportunities.
The service can be used by both fare paying and concessionary pass holders.
The council’s current operator has been in place for a number of years but will cease delivery of the contract in July 2019.
But members approved the continuation of the service at Cabinet today, Wednesday 13 February. The contract to run the new service will now go out to tender.
Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for transport, said he was delighted the council was to continue with the service for residents.
“We understand how valuable this service is to residents with limited or no access to public transport,’’ he added.
“Phone ‘n’ Ride carried more than 166,000 passengers between 2014 and 2018, that’s an average of 2,266 passengers per month.
“These figures speak for themselves and show just how in demand the service is to those who may need transport for purposes such as health, education, work and leisure.”
Unlike traditional bus services, Phone ‘n’ Ride has no fixed route or timetable so passengers are able to set the timetable and route to suit their own individual needs.
The service receives regular requests from residents living in parts of the borough that do not have a regular bus service, such as Aylesby, Ashby cum Fenby, Brigsley and those in Immingham, Stallingborough and Healing who live some distance from Stagecoach bus services.