Access for All
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 disabled or elderly passengers who cannot access or use public transport.
Ring & Ride schemes 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.
Find out more about your local Ring & Ride scheme.
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.
Find out more about Community Car Schemes.
Community Bus Schemes run regular, scheduled services where no public transport is provided. They are run by volunteer community groups in response to local needs. Details of Community Buses can be found on our Bus Operators page.
Shopmobility is currently in operation in several towns across Devon, providing manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters for hire in town centres.
Find out more about Shopmobility.
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 our Fare Car page for more information.
Devon Wheels2Work can help to provide scooter and motorcycle rentals across Devon for those unable to get to work or college because of a lack of transport. Visit Devon Wheels2Work
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 NHS for more information.
Further information on the many local community transport options in Devon can also be found on 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 the Devon Access Wallet pages.
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 operators page.
More information on the regulations regarding accessibility on public transport can be found on the Department for Transport website.