Chance to get your first trip for free at Dial a Ride

Dial A Ride launches Community Transport scheme.Team left to right Julie Banks,Eddie Armstrong,Mick Hopkins,Brian Lilley,Mark Lanham,Maria Hunter.Picture Richard Ponter 130329

Dial A Ride launches Community Transport scheme.Team left to right Julie Banks,Eddie Armstrong,Mick Hopkins,Brian Lilley,Mark Lanham,Maria Hunter.Picture Richard Ponter 130329

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New passengers are being offered the chance to “try it for free” at Scarborough Dial a Ride.

The charity, based at Londesborough Road Business Park, has been given £900 funding from North Yorkshire County Council to enable people who haven’t tried the service before to give it a go.

Dial a Ride manager Julie Banks said: “We’ve been going a long time, but lots of people still don’t know what we do.

“We hope this will give people an insight into how we work and how easy it is to use us.”

The scheme, titled “CT (Community Transport) for Free”, will mean that people get their first trip for free.

To qualify, they will need to pay a Dial a Ride membership fee, which is just £3 for the whole year.

Julie said: “From the comments we’ve had, a lot of people don’t realise they can use us.

“One passenger even paid for us to have an advert in the paper as she wanted more people to know about the service.”

She added that Dial a Ride is not just for the elderly and can be used by people of any age with a disability.

Julie said: “Even if it’s a temporary disability, such as a broken leg, you can still use the service.

“If you’re not sure whether you are eligible, just give us a call on (01723) 354434.” The service covers Scarborough, Filey, out to Ravenscar, Snainton and Reighton.

Pictured are Julie Banks, Eddie Armstrong, Mick Hopkins, Brian Lilley, Mark Lanham and Maria Hunter.