EVENING Ring and Ride services are back across the region as demand increases due to the relaxation of Covid restrictions.
The West Midlands Ring and Ride door-to-door minibus service is now available for the 11,500 registered customers offering them the opportunity to travel until 11pm six nights a week.
The later hours have been matched with an increase in the numbers of vehicles available as the service expands to meet growing demand for people to go out following the relaxation of Covid restrictions.
Ring and Ride is available to anybody who cannot, or finds it difficult, to use regular public transport services due to mobility issues or social isolation.
It is operated by National Express Transport Solutions under contract from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and can be used for visiting friends and family, a day or evening out, shopping or even going to and from work.
While demand for the service was down during the pandemic some of the buses and drivers were redeployed as a free shuttle service from key transport hubs to support hospital and health service workers.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Ring and Ride provides a valuable service for many of our residents who would otherwise be stuck at home, empowering them to enjoy things many of us take for granted such as a trip to the shops or a meal out.”
The re-introduction of the evening service follows the approval of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) annual budget which included £6.7million towards the accessible transport service.
The service does not operate in the rural Meriden gap area between Solihull and Coventry, however anyone who needs to travel in this area may be able to use the West Midlands On-Demand service.
To register for Ring and Ride visit www.ringandride.org or call 0330 053 8141.