Access for All

For Your Community

Community Transport is provided by a network of voluntary organisations that help people get to the shops, services, medical appointments or leisure activities where no alternative or suitable transport is available. This may be because of rural seclusion, or for frail, disabled or elderly passengers who cannot access or use public transport.

Whats available?

Ring & Ride and Community Buses provide a door-to-door service from your home to a nearby town and back. Different local areas are served on set days on a regular basis – you will have to book your seat on the bus and there will be a small charge.
Visit Devon County Council for more information.

Community Car Schemes provide door-to-door transport for medical appointments, day care centres or other important journeys. Volunteer drivers use their own cars, and there is a per mile charge.
Visit Devon County Council for more information.

Shopmobility is currently in operation in seven towns across Devon, providing manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters for hire in town centres.
Visit Devon County Council for more information.

Fare Cars are a private hire public transport service, operating in the more rural areas of the county. Operating like a bus on scheduled journeys, the cars will pick you up from your home. You will need to book in advance and there is a charge for the service.Visit Devon County Council for more information.

Devon Wheels2Work and Wheels2Learn can help to provide moped loans across Devon for those unable to get to work or college because of a lack of transport.
Visit Devon County Council for more information.

Single Point of Contact services (SPOCs) are agencies in the voluntary sector which provide local knowledge and expertise on transport needs and travel options, including help with booking transport for medical appointments.
Visit Devon County Council for more information.

Further information on the many local community transport options in Devon can also be found on our partner website Transport for Your Community.

Information for blind and visually impaired passengers

Bus and train drivers or staff are expected to advise you of their service number and destination, and to call out your destinations on arrival (remember to ask them to do so). They must also accept trained assistance dogs without limit and ensure that destination displays are illuminated during the hours of darkness.

Use public transport confidently

The Devon Access Wallet scheme is designed to help make journeys by bus or train in Devon easier and give people the support and confidence to travel independently. The scheme is primarily for people with communication or learning difficulties, deaf people and those whose first language is not English. For more information, including how to apply for a wallet please visit Devon County Council.

Using wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs on buses

Devon has an increasing number of easy access low-floor buses that can accommodate wheelchairs. These buses have ramps and an on-board wheelchair parking area. Most of the services connecting the major towns across the county operate easy access buses where possible, including the Exeter bus network.

Stagecoach Southwest offer a helpdesk service (tel 01392 42 77 11), which you can contact to find out if a particular bus service operates easy access vehicles and to check that your wheelchair does not exceed National Reference dimensions (currently 1200mm long and 700mm wide). Contact details for other operators are on our bus information page.

More information on the regulations regarding accessibility on public transport can be found on the Department for Transport website.