The door to door transport service helping people who are less able to get around independently.
The freedom to get around independently is a fundamental part of everyday life that most people often take for granted.
For a significant section of the community this freedom is often denied because not all can use or have great difficulty using conventional public transport services.
Ring and Ride was established to help fill this gap by providing a fully accessible, door-to-door bus service for people whose circumstances limit their personal mobility.
What is Ring and Ride?
The Ring and Ride service is a door to door, highly accessible minibus service for people of any age living in one of the seven metropolitan districts for the West Midlands, who have a permanent or temporary mobility impairment, which makes it very difficult or impossible to use conventional bus services.
The service currently operates seven days a week on every day except Christmas day, between 08.00am until 23.00pm. The service is provided on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, with journeys being booked up to two days in advance.
The purpose of the journeys undertaken by passengers include: shopping for food and other essentials; attending day centres; getting to doctor’s appointments; attending a religious institution; visiting friends and relatives; accessing an entertainment venue. These are the same sorts of activities that ‘able-bodied’ people use ‘ordinary’ buses for, because they are essential to a reasonable quality of life.
Find Out More
To find out how the service can help you and how to register click on about us.
You can also click on Passengers Voice to listen to how some of our existing passengers use the service and how it impacts on their lives.
The Mission of Ring and Ride
The mission of Ring and Ride is to improve the quality of life of people of any age living in the West Midlands who find it difficult or impossible to use conventional public transport, by providing an effective and efficient door-to-door, fully accessible bus service.
Because of the Government’s cuts in funding to the local authorities, we have been informed that we can expect a reduced grant for the Ring and Ride service for 2014/15. The seven Leaders of the local authorities have asked Centro to carry out a public consultation about how much to cut the funding to the Ring and Ride service in contrast with cutting child concessionary fares, the use of concessionary bus passes on the Metro tram system and the train network in the West Midlands, or reducing subsidised bus services.
Download your copy of the consultation document here
Download your questionnaire here
To complete questionnaire on line here