Past and present
From little acorns...
Ring and Ride was established in 1983, originally as part of a pilot scheme to operate a door-to-door bus service to help people with limited mobility in the Ladywood area of Birmingham.
In those days there were no wheelchair accessible buses and any accessible transport available was either run by the local council to take people to day centres or voluntary organisations that provided transport for groups to attend clubs or go on day trips.
From two buses originally operating in the Ladywood area, the service quickly expanded to cover most of what is now North Birmingham.
In 1984, a similar service was formed in Dudley and the two services ran independently until 1988 when West Midlands Special Needs Transport (WMSNT) was launched to bring the two services together and expand Ring and Ride throughout the West Midlands.
In the mid-nineties, full geographical coverage of the seven boroughs which make up the West Midlands was finally achieved meaning that anyone with a mobility problem was able to access a service which could take them where they wanted to go when they wanted to travel.
...to mighty oak trees
Today, Ring and Ride continues to go from strength-to-strength. A registered charity, it receives majority funding from the Government via Centro (the West Midlands Transport Authority).
The service operates 7 days a week and into the night providing a safe, reliable service for those that struggle to use normal buses.
It now has a fleet of 120 fully accessible minibuses operating from 6 depots across the West Midlands.