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Ferintosh Wee Bus to offer ‘demand-responsive transport’ alongside Highland Council’s timetabled ‘temporary’ service

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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The earlier launch of The Wee Ferintosh Bus.
The earlier launch of The Wee Ferintosh Bus.

THE ‘Wee Ferintosh Bus’ will offer “demand-responsive transport” while council’s busses offer timetabled service to fill gaps.

Since April 1, the Highland Council have been offering a timetabled service to fill the gap left by the withdrawal of daytime Ferintosh Wee Bus services.

However the council have now clarified that The Wee Bus will still offer “demand-responsive transport” in addition to the council’s scheduled bus service. This is thanks to the efforts of volunteer administrators and drivers in the Ferintosh community.

The demand-responsive transport offered by The Wee Bus is vital for individuals with specific needs, or for whom the timetabled service isn’t suitable.

The Highland Council said: “This exemplifies the innovative and collaborative approach that has defined transport projects from the outset of The Wee Bus project enabling a robust response to the varied transport needs of the area.

“Looking ahead, the council’s Passenger and School Transport Team are working with the Ferintosh Community Council to develop a continuity plan beyond the interim arrangements, which presents exciting opportunities for innovative and sustainable transport tailored to the communities’ needs.

“These plans will continue to include The Wee Bus, representing the vibrant and community-led way of meeting transport needs on the Black Isle.

To make a booking on the Wee Bus, phone 07387 364541 or email weeferintoshbus@gmail.com.

View the timetable for the council’s interim service here.

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