Transport

ELCAP has provided community transport based at its centre in Easington Lane for more than 15 years.

Our Mission

We aim to provide a specialist and caring Transport Service that improves our service user’s Quality of life. We seek to achieve this by providing a service that is accessible and dependable to the voluntary sector and our partners from our operational base in Easington Lane.

Our Vision

To be an efficient, effective, sustainable community transport service putting our customers and communities first. To work together with our partners and funders to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of all communities in our area of benefit by providing a customer focused transport service aimed at improving access to health, education, social and economic opportunities to all sectors of the community.

Our Fleet

Our fleet currently comprises five vehicles, two of which are accessible minibuses. We ensure our fleet is as best prepared as possible by having each vehicle undergo a bi-monthly safety inspection at an external garage. This not only ensures roadworthiness but also ensures legal compliance for any new regulations.

Our Services

We provide a service to a wide range of local community groups including Lunch clubs, Disabled Clubs, Youth Clubs, Schools, Churches and Residents’ Associations. We pride ourselves on the reputation we have gained for providing a reliable service with that personal, friendly touch which we believe is the main reason for the repeat business we continue to attract.

Shopping Bus

We offer a door-to-door service for our Shopping Bus Service. Our drivers will pick up passengers at a pre-arranged time and date, take them to the relevant supermarket and then drop them off at their home, ensuring the safe return of both passenger and groceries.

Excursions

We offer and provide travel to Community Group all year round to a range of exciting and varied places, including markets, events, shopping, theatre, seaside and scenic routes etc. Our groups include people of all ages and abilities and we welcome new groups to join us.

ELCAP’s Community Transport Service

Our services make a massive difference to our passengers, for we know that the service often helps them:

  • feel safe
  • reduces social isolation
  • increases independence
  • make new friends
  • improve both their physical and mental health

Want to Hire a Bus?

All hirers need to be part of a community group and the nominated driver must hold a valid Midas Certificate and hold the D1 entitlement on their licence, which allows you to drive a vehicle up to 16 passenger seats but only as part of a not for hire or reward scheme, like ELCAP’s. Those who passed their test prior to 1997 will have automatically held the D1 entitlement, but will still need to check your licence for this category as it may have been removed due to certain medical conditions.

Or you could hire a bus with one of ELCAP’s drivers.

Want to Volunteer?

The same rules apply as above in that drivers need to have the D1 entitlement and we would be happy to support potential volunteer drivers in gaining the Midas Certificate.

As well as drivers, we also offer Passenger Assistant roles to assist our passengers and their needs.

Driving and using public transport can be challenging for people with health conditions or restricted mobility.

Being able to get from A to B, however, is crucial for maintaining a healthy, happy, active and enjoyable lifestyle. Which is why so many of our volunteers offer Community and Patient Transport services that help people get to where they need to go.

It’s more than just transportation.

It’s offering them a lifeline.

For further information and costs or to receive a quote, contact Neil, our Transport Manager on

0191 5261071, 07889 581559 or e-mail elcaptransport@hotmail.co.uk