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Wellibus - Link Bus Replacement Service

'Wellibus' trial door to door minibus service to come to Higham Ferrers and Rushden


An extended 'Wellibus' service is to be trialled between Higham Ferrers and Rushden. Provided by Shire Community Services and jointly funded by Higham Ferrers and Rushden Town Councils, the new dial a ride style door to door minibus service is wheelchair friendly and fully accessible for those with mobility needs. It is specifically designed for residents who are unable to use public transport due to age or disability and help them access local shops and town centres using the concessionary bus scheme.

The demand led service allows passengers to book up to 5 days in advance or up to 12noon on the day before they would like to travel. Regular bookings can also be taken if you attend a weekly day centre, class or social group. Every day is different and dependent on the number of passengers booked.

To use the Wellibus service a membership fee of £15 is required for the six month trial period, which is scheduled to start Monday 3rd April. Transport on the bus is then completely free of charge if you hold a concessionary bus pass (disabled or older person's bus pass).

Paper copies of the membership form for the trial can be obtained from the Town Council Offices in the Town Hall, Market Square, the Library at Rushden or can be downloaded on our Wellibus section of our website.

Since Expresslines withdrew its Rushden-Higham link bus in September both town councils have been working together to secure a financially viable replacement. The Wellibus trial is great news for both towns. This new scheme is a case of use it or lose it and we encourage you to take out the membership and get on board to ensure the service continues.

Further information about Wellibus can be found by visiting their website or by phoning 01933 223636 or by reaching out to the town council on 01933 312075 or

Posted: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 13:27 by Lauren Houlihan

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