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Community Bus



September 2018: The Blackdown Hills Community Bus is now well and truly operating in the area. The aim of the bus is to provide affordable transport for residents of the Blackdown Hills, which suffers from a lack of public passenger services.  To date it has been used by WI groups, cricket teams, trips to rugby matches, for weddings, trips to venues such as Otter Brewery, Otter Nursery and many other individual uses.


 In some cases the parties have provided their own drivers but in many cases they have called upon the small group of volunteer drivers.  This is an area which the charity responsible for the running of the bus would now like to address by increasing this block of drivers.  The purpose of the bus is to serve the whole of the Blackdown Hills and not just Churchinford, Blagdon and Otterford, as was the case with the old CBO bus. We are getting bookings from the other areas so it is now our aim to build up a team of drivers from other areas. The idea is to find a willing volunteer from each area of the Blackdowns who will, in turn, coerce a small team who can be called upon if the bus is hired out within that area. We are therefore appealing to anyone over the age of 18 and under 70, with a full, clean driving licence to get in touch if they are willing to be part of this team.


After all the hard work that has been put in to provide this invaluable service, the charity needs your help to make this project succeed.  They can be contacted by their Facebook page – search for Blackdowns Community Bus or  You can also phone 07762 813967. Please note, bookings for the bus can also be made via the above.