Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) is an alternative way of providing access to key services in rural areas.
Instead of using fixed routes with fixed stops and times, DaRT customers book journeys with the operator in advance and are picked up from an agreed point - often their own home, a bus stop or a local place of interest.
You can use it:
- to go shopping
- attend a health appointment
- get to/from work, school or college
- visit friends
Passengers can travel to a from anywhere within the parishes shown on the map, between these parishes, and also direct to Saffron Walden town, Bishops Stortford town, healthcare facilities in Royston & Barely, Essex and Herts Hospital as well as the closest train stations.
Yes, concessionary bus passes will still be accepted (After 0900 Monday to Friday and all day Saturday)
8 to 16 seat vehicles with the DaRT Essex logo.
Yes. There will be a cage area in the mini bus for trolleys. It is advised you mention this when booking your journey.
Yes, a taxi may be used when the numbers travelling are very small.
When travel is booked generally the return journey time is also booked. You have the option to change it but if it less than 2 hours' notice you need to be flexible.
The ENCTS is a national scheme. You can always pay the fare instead of using you bus pass. but if the bus pass is presented free travel must be allowed. The operator will be reimbursed by ECC for concessionary travel journeys.
Yes, you can any time between 0600 to 2000 Monday to Saturday. Passengers are asked to be flexible so bookings can be grouped together.
Yes, experience has shown passengers often chooses to book the service as a group and passengers who previously could not use a conventional service can use the DaRT. As long as it is safe to do so the service can pick passengers up from their homes.
Yes, you will need to say how many people will be travelling.
Yes, you will need to give details when you book the service.