Back in 2010 when the Risborough Area Community Bus began its service, no one could have anticipated what a huge success it would become. But seven years later and with a smart new Mercedes Sprinter 16 seat bus, the “little green bus” is an integral part of life in and around the Risboroughs. Starting with only 70 passenger journeys in the first week, the bus now averages 1800 journeys per month, operating a six day a week, timetabled service, covering the Risboroughs, Longwick, Bledlow, Kimble and Speen. When there are no scheduled services, the bus runs regular lunch trips, garden centre trips and private hires. The bus is entirely operated by volunteers and some of the original team of thirty or so drivers are retiring from duty and we need more drivers if we are to continue to develop our service and meet increasing demands.
Awards received include a Certificate of Recognition from Community Impact Bucks and a Quality Mark from the Community Transport Association, one of only three awarded to services carrying fare paying services.
Typical quotations from passengers: –
“I don’t know how I could manage without the bus”
“If it weren’t for the bus I would need to move”
“I love travelling on the bus, everyone is so friendly”
Our volunteer drivers are given full training to Minibus Driver Awareness Safety Scheme standards and optional first aid training. Driving hours are very flexible and driving is a happy experience. So, come and join us.