Ting bus service set to run for another 12 months
The innovative Uber-style bus service trial serving parts of Huntingdonshire is set to continue for another year.
The decision made at November 16’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee to continue the demand-responsive ‘Ting’ bus service was called in for review at the Combined Authority Board on Wednesday (November 30). Operator Vectare has taken over from Stagecoach in running the service.
After discussion by the Board, the outcome was that the decision of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee will now be implemented.
The Ting service is now fully funded for the next 12 months using Bus Service Trials money separately approved in 2020/21. A child’s ticket costs £1 for a single and £2 for a child return, and adults pay £2 for a single and £4 for a return ticket. The Ting service provides buses whenever required to 46 villages across west Huntingdonshire, which is many more than could be provided with fixed route services for the same cost. As the service becomes more established there are a number of savings that can be made such as route rationalisation and the release of section 106 money.
The Ting service will be extended to operate between the hours of 6am – 8pm Monday – Saturday, an increase of 14 hours a week and enabling easier commuting, with Vectare’s customer service team available by telephone and social media throughout the operational hours of the service.
Vectare will be bringing their team of friendly drivers to operate the service, and in addition they have their Passenger Promise, which ensures that no passenger will be left stranded. If their bus doesn’t turn up or is full, and the next bus is more than 30 minutes away, Vectare will pay for a taxi, whether to your destination or back home. To book your journey, the app can now be downloaded from the App Store and Apple Store by searching for Vectare DRT. Calls can also be booked by ringing the booking line on 0115 777 3187.