Local Handybus – Big, Bright and Red
How We Operate
We are quite different from a normal bus service. The Handybus is set up to
provide a transport service on a door-to-door basis for members of local formal
and informal groups including local charities. Members of these groups are
often elderly, have restricted mobility or are wheelchair users and not able
to use or have access to local transport. Some live in isolated and remote
Each group has a co-ordinator who defines the passenger list. If you are interested
in a particular trip contact the co-ordinator who will then explain the trip
and, if space is available, arrange for you to be picked up by the driver.
Kintbury Schedule – Kintbury Volunteer
Group drivers run weekly shopping trips to Hungerford and Newbury and monthly
Special Trips - There are also opportunities
for special ‘one off’ trips for shopping, a half or full day out
to a place of interest – just contact the Handybus organizer- see CONTACTS
on the left. Weekdays are quite busy but we have spare capacity most evenings
and weekends for special trips – but we rely on finding a willing volunteer
driver! The Handybus has the ability to take one or two wheelchairs. We can
also use the rear tail lift to help people get on board without using the
All our drivers are friendly local volunteers. They are trained and assessed
for this work. If you are interested in doing this rewarding work, please
contact us. We also have a need for ‘passenger assistants’ who
help people on and off the bus and generally look after the passengers ‘well-being’.
No special skills are required for this role – just an interest in looking
after people. If you are interested please click CONTACTS on the left and
look at Handybus contact line for Hungerford.
The Handybus is run on a ‘not for profit’ basis so the suggested
contributions are very affordable. However, we are not a cheap alternative
to private hire and taxis. It is part of our contract that we do not compete
with existing public transport or private hire/taxis. So boozy nights out
are not covered!
The Handybus is a community service designed mainly for those who cannot use
public transport, have special transport requirements or are members of a
If you have a requirement not covered by the above please give the Handybus
contact a call, we usually find a solution.
Examples of some of our typical trips are those to Newbury. We have three
organisers who plan monthly trips to Newbury town centre for shopping. Sometimes
they also call at a supermarket (like Waitrose) as well as an occasional stop
for fresh eggs at a farm on the return journey. For £2 you are collected
from your front door and join 10 other people for the trip.
The Handybus usually parks in Camp Hopson’s car park and then you have
a 90 minute or two hour stay. The driver is often back aboard the bus well
before departure so if you are feeling tired or spent too much you can return
If you would like to have a trial run before committing yourself further to
CHAIN, please contact the office and they will be delighted to arrange it
For further details please click CONTACTS on the left and look at Handy bus
contact line for Hungerford or Kintbury.