The “Slinky” bus service has restarted in Somerset. Slinky is an accessible bus service for people who can’t use conventional transport.
Stogursey is to be serviced on a Wednesday only, provided by Mendip Community Transport. Somerset County Council will be monitoring the usage, depending on the take up, the service may be extended.
The phone number for users appears to be 01749 880948, but there is a form to be completed and sent back prior to a user booking the service. You can download the form from this link: Sedgemoor-Slinky-Registration form
Their website is not up to date as there are new leaflets to be produced outlining the areas covered, etc.
Hopefully we will be supplied with the updated information, but we would suggest any potential users make direct contact with Mendip Community Transport.
Contrary to their out of date website information Stogursey Parish is not being classed as West Somerset for this service, but “Sedgemoor South” and Mendip Community Transport cover Sedgemoor South.
The service can be used for a variety of purposes, including getting to health appointments, visiting friends and relatives, going shopping and as a link to other public transport.
You can use the Slinky bus if you do not have access to a public bus service, due either to location, or accessibility issues. The Slinky service can be used by people of all ages.
If you are eligible you will first need to register as a member of the scheme. You must fill in a registration form and return it to the booking office before you use the service for the first time.
You can then book a journey by contacting your booking office at least 24 hours before you want to travel. Trips can be booked up to two weeks in advance.
For journeys up to 3 miles
For journeys over 3 miles
There is a 50% fare for English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes on all SLINKY services within Somerset. You will need to show your pass every time you travel.
Half fares will be:
£1.30 for a single journey up to 3 miles – £2.00 return
£1.80 for a single journey over 3 miles – £2.50 return
Somerset Student County Tickets are also valid on Slinky services.