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Transport

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July 2021 update

Our Transport services in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are still operating a limited provision to any medical appointments   (this includes, GP, clinics, dental, optician, hospital or any other medical establishment for an appointment).

  • Telephone lines available 9.30am – 2.00pm Monday – Friday (High Peak)
  • Up to 2 people may travel (but both must be from the same household)
  • Face Masks must be worn throughout the transport
  • Passenger must sit in the rear of the vehicle, behind the front passenger seat
  • We regret we cannot currently offer the usual support of escorting to the appointment / department within the hospital facility.

(These service guidelines will be reviewed on a regular basis, in line with Government, NHS and Public Health England guidelines)

FREE TRAVEL TO VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS

We are keen to do everything we can to help with the ongoing COVID vaccination programme.  Like many of our partners, we continue to provide free transport to vaccination appointments so that everyone is able to get where they need to.

  • If you live in the High Peak area, please phone 01298 23970 to book.
  • If you live in the Derbyshire Dales, please phone 01335 344700 to book.

Please note:

If you are in financial difficulties or claiming certain benefits, please contact Derbyshire County Council CRU on 01629 535091 or follow the link below

If you need help during the coronavirus outbreak – Derbyshire County Council

Who do we help and how?

Our volunteer drivers help to provide transport for older people (over 65), disabled people, or people with learning difficulties which would prevent them from using public transport.  We also have a wheelchair accessible vehicle available should you require this (based at our Buxton office).

We cover an area across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales from Sudbury to Furness Vale and will provide transport to:

  • Medical and hospital appointments
  • Group activities or meetings
  • Social outings to any mainland UK  destination

The volunteer driver will usually wait for you at your medical appointment for up to 2 hours and then bring you home again if required.

We also operate on behalf of Derbyshire County Council – Connect Active Travel.  This service covers healthcare related appointments, including:

  • Medical and hospital appointments
  • Opticians
  • Dentists
  • Chemists or Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapists
  • Any other healthcare related organisations

How much does it cost?

A charge is made for our Transport Service. This is a fixed charge and the amount will depend on the location. This charge will help to reimburse the volunteers for the fuel and wear and tear costs of their vehicle.

An invoice will be sent out to you on a monthly basis, so you don’t need to pay us at the time of booking, or pay your Volunteer Driver

How do I book transport?

Availability and Notice for bookings

If you have not previously used the Transport Service, you must register with us before you can book a journey. This is a simple, five minute chat where we will ask for your personal details such as name, address and date of birth and if you have any additional needs that will require support on your journey. Once this has been completed, we can book your journey for you.

When you phone to book we will advise you of the cost of your journey.

As this is a voluntary service, we cannot guarantee that we can provide a volunteer driver.  However, with sufficient notice we will usually manage to find a driver for you.  Consequently, we do prefer people to book all transport journeys as early as possible – days, weeks or even months in advance. We do understand that sometimes this is not always possible.  Please be aware that if you call with less than 48 hours notice, the chances of us securing a volunteer driver for your journey are greatly reduced.

Weather

We will always try to ensure that any journey booked with us goes ahead, however any journeys booked with us are subject to the weather conditions on the day. For safety reasons we may cancel the journey at short notice.  Don’t worry if this happens, you will not be charged and we will contact the hospital / GP on your behalf and explain the circumstances. You can then rearrange the appointment for a time that suits you and re-book your transport request.

We regret that we are unable to transport children/young adults under 18 or people with severe mental health/learning difficulties unaccompanied.  For these passengers, an appropriate adult must be present throughout the transport.  If this cannot be provided then an ambulance place should be available – please contact your doctor to arrange.  

Minibus transport

Available from our Buxton Office only, we also have a fully wheelchair accessible minibus.  The cost for the use of this vehicles is as below:

  • 16 Seater Minibus: £1.29 per mile
  • £20.00 Minimum Journey charge (payable if the journey goes ahead or not)
  • Any booked journey may be cancelled at short notice if the weather conditions are deemed unsafe for the journey, by the Head of Transport Services.

Please ask us for full details of terms of our service and liability or click the link here

 

Can I book transport for a weekend journey?

Yes. Our Buxton/High Peak Transport Department is open Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm for booking and enquiries, but we can provide transport 7 days per week.

Our Ashbourne/ Southern Derbyshire Dales Transport Department is open Monday – Friday from 09:00 to 1pm.

 

Who will drive me?

You will be driven by one of our team of volunteer drivers, all of whom undergo a thorough check by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).  We recommend that you ring us the day before your trip to find out who your volunteer driver will be.

 

Would you like to help as a volunteer driver?

‘Wonderful service, so kind and helpful.  I couldn’t manage without you’.

Mrs F, Ashbourne

Image giving up to date statistics on numbers of people taken for vaccinations in High Peak and North Dales
Letter from grateful transport client

Contact Information

Buxton Office

Howard Gunn

Head of Transport

Telephone: 01298 23970

Email:  Howard.Gunn@connex.org.uk

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Ruth Foden

Transport Administrator,
High Peak

Telephone: 01298 23970
Email: transport-assistant@connex.org.uk

Ashbourne Office

Lynn Limb

Transport Coordinator,
Derbyshire Dales

Telephone: 01335 344700
Email: lynn@connex.org.uk

Glynis Ainley

Transport Support,
Derbyshire Dales

Telephone: 01335 344700
Email: glynis@connex.org.uk

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