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Wye Flyer project

The Rolvenden Rocket is a 16 seater minibus managed by Rolvenden Parish Council. The Wye Flyer project aims to operate two similar vehicles based in Wye.

The Rolvenden Rocket: A community transport project managed by Rolvenden Parish Council. The Wye Flyer project aims to operate two similar vehicles based in Wye.

About the Wye Flyer

The Wye Flyer project aims to meet local demand and integrate the needs for a range of community transport services in Wye and the surrounding parishes. The plan is to develop a self-sustaining operation with two high quality 16 seat mini-buses based in Wye. The project is a partnership between Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council, Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School and The Friends of Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School. The Parish Council is bringing representatives of potential user groups together, including Brook Community Primary School to help shape the project.

What is community transport?

There are hundreds of community transport (CT) projects operating successfully around the country. They provide a range of transport services that meet a social purpose and provide community benefits. Click on the blue bar above for more information.

Who can benefit?

The Parish Council envisages that the Wye Flyer will benefit four main user groups:

  • 1. Children on educational trips led by Wye Primary and Brook Primary
  • 2. Shoppers - social trips
  • 3. Non-drivers - of all ages
  • 4. Members of clubs and societies - of all ages

The Wye Flyer aims to fill the growing gap between the scheduled commercial bus services that serve Wye, and the specialist public transport services e.g. Compaid and the Kent Karrier schemes funded by Kent County Council (KCC). The Kent Karrier provides a door-to-door dial-a-ride service between Wye and Ashford, but KCC restricts membership eligibility to people who are either aged over 85, or who have a medical condition that makes travelling on public transport difficult, or who live in a rural area more than 500m from a bus route or railway station.

Wye Flyer trial project

The 'Woodchurch Wagon' is a 16 seat minibus leaving Wye Village Hall with Community Lunch members on board, on their way home to Brook and Hastingleigh.

The 'Woodchurch Wagon' is a 16 seat minibus operated by the Woodchurch Hub. Seen here leaving Wye Village Hall with Community Lunch members on board, on their way home to Brook and Hastingleigh.


Wye Parish Council is hiring the 'Woodchurch Wagon' for one day a week to provide free outings for residents. The programme of trips to a range of destinations are helping to test the demand for a community transport facility in Wye. Wye Parish Council is learning valuable lessons from this practical experience before it makes the financial commitment to operate vehicles. The Wye Flyer project is delayed until summer 2020, pending the outcome of the free trial and a second application to Ashford Borough Council.

Wye Parish Council obtained a grant from Ashford Borough Council to fund this free trial, which will run until the end of May 2020. The minibus hire charges are helping the Woodchurch Wagon project launched in August 2019 to become financially self-sustaining, so the funding for the trial is benefiting two communities.

Thanks to the pool of trained volunteer drivers from Woodchurch, who are giving their time to make the trial trips listed below possible, the Wye Flyer project's business plan will be stronger and better informed.

FREE Trial Programme - Spring 2020

The following table shows the minibus trips planned. This programme is developing in response to suggestions from residents and it reflects their preferences for different destinations. The minibus has 15 seats available to book, and the vehicle is fully accessible. Each trip will have a guide and a volunteer driver to help less able passengers to alight. All trips will depart from Wye at 10.00.

Please note: all seats will remain free until the end of the trial in May 2020, but seats MUST be booked in advance.

For information and bookings call 07934 129 123 during office hours.

** Please see the data protection notice below.

Destination

Friday
Departure Wye 10.00

All seats are free, but must be booked in advance

Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles

31st January

FULLY BOOKED

Tenterden Market

7th February

2 seats not booked

Bluewater

14th February

FULLY BOOKED

Maidstone, High Street

21st February

5 seats available

Hythe, High Street

28th February

6 seats available

Rye and Winchelsea

6th March

Seats available

Whitstable

13th March

Seats available

Hastings

20th March

Seats available

Chatham

27th March

Seats available

Bedgebury National Pinetum visitor centre

3rd April

Seats available

EASTER

10th April (Good Friday)

No outing planned

Rochester

17th April

Seats available

Sevenoaks and Knole Deer Park

24th April

Seats available

Great Dixter house and gardens

1st May

Seats available

Bank Holiday

8th May

No outing planned

Bluewater

15th May

Seats available

Folkestone Harbour

22nd May

Seats available

Brighton

29th May

Seats available

The list of destinations will respond to demand and is subject to change. Please check again later.

Data protection

** In order to book seats on minibus trips I consent to the processing and storage of my personal data, to aid communications between the Parish Council and myself. I understand that I can have my data deleted at any time. The Parish Council is registered with the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 (Reg.Z3458715). Accordingly, the Parish Council will protect any personal details that you provide, and store and process your data in compliance with the Act. The Parish Council will not share your details with any third party without your prior consent, unless required to do so by law. Data is either stored locally, or on servers within the UK.