Community Transport Project: Transport for Communities

Community Transport Project: Transport for Communities 

Originally a scheme set up for rural communities, in response to a reduction in commercially operated bus routes and a lack of regular bus services within the rural wards of Neath Port Talbot, DANSA (Dulais, Afan, Neath, Swansea and Amman valleys) is a not-for-profit community transport organisation whose main aim is to bridge the gap between traditional community transport and commercial services. 

RDP funding enabled timetabled services to run on pre-determined routes and an analysis of services run by DANSA in rural wards of Neath Port Talbot shows the following:

  • Service runs increased from 41,306 to 46,412 from April 2011 to March 2014.
  • Dulais Valley passenger numbers grew from 62,321 to 73,581 from April 2011 to March 2014.

Community Transport Project: Improving Basic Services in Rural Areas

DANSA developed a door to door ‘Ring and Ride’ Scheme which is a more flexible, demand-responsive service to bridge the gap between existing public transport services offered by commercial operators and an unmet need for suitable accessible and affordable transport provision.­

The service is delivered through disabled-access buses and has developed to suit the needs of users with 17 ‘shopper’ trips which include 2 ‘eat, chat and shop’ trips per week and it is intended that all rural residents with a transport need would access the ring and ride service, including those requiring transport to access work or training, perhaps by simply providing connections to regular service routes.