Wiltshire to launch on demand service

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A new on demand bus service is due to be launched in Wiltshire, funded by £1.2m from the Department for Transport. It will operate across the Pewsey Vale and Marlborough area.

“It’s a bit like an Uber-style service for buses,” Cabinet Member for Transport Mark McClelland told the BBC. “Unlike a conventional bus, which has a fixed route, timetable and stopping points, on-demand buses allow people to book using an app and make journeys where they want, when they want.”

The service will cover a large area of Pewsey Vale from the eastern edge of Devizes, north to Beckhampton and Marlborough, and east to Collingbourne Ducis, Shalbourne and Froxfield.

Wiltshire Council is now asking residents to complete a survey to give their views on what they would like the service to look like, so that it can use feedback to help make a final decision on how it will operate.

“It’s really important that this service is designed around the needs of passengers and our communities, and that’s why we’re asking people to take our survey to let us know what they’d like to see from the service,” added Mark.