New bus service for Barr village

A new bus service to the village of Barr with the support of SPT and local funding bodies is to be launched thanks to a new transport group.

For the past few years, people in South Ayrshire have gotten used to seeing the white Volkswagen minibuses belonging to Kyle Community Transport dotting around. As of April 27th though, this all changes as Kyle Community Transport becomes South Ayrshire Community Transport (SACT).

However, it’s more than just a name change.

Between September and October 2013, a number of South Ayrshire community transport operators and third sector organisations came together with representatives from South Ayrshire Council (SAC) and SPT’s Community Transport Department to jointly consider planning for services which met the transport needs of communities within South Ayrshire.

Their research clearly demonstrated a considerable number of unmet transport needs across South Ayrshire. The result is a radical new social enterprise – SACT – which is a consortium of a number of local community transport operators and third sector organisations including Access to Employment; Voluntary Action South Ayrshire; Ballantrae Rural Initiative Care in the Community; Carrick Community Transport Group; Strokefolk; Kyle Stroke Group; Adventure Centre for Education and the Red Cross.

It’s hoped that once the service is launched, other groups and individuals who subscribe to the objectives of the company will join the membership.

One of the new company’s initiatives is the development of a 3-day per week registered bus service to the village of Barr with the support of SPT and local funding bodies.

Barr has been without any public transport for a number of years so this is an exciting new venture for the area. It is hoped to have this service up and running by the end of the summer.

SACT is also involved in partnership working with the new Active Travel Hub. This is being set up in Ayr as part of the Sustrans Active Travel Hub Project Framework Agreement with South Ayrshire Council with the aim of enabling the communities of South Ayrshire to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys which have a knock-on benefit for the environment.

There will be a breakfast launch for the new company on April 27th at 9.30am in the Courtyard Café at the John Pollock Centre in Mainholm Road which will be attended by representatives of the new board, elected council members, community councils and locality planning groups, community groups and other community transport users as well as the Provost Helen Moonie amongst others.

There will be a display by Sustrans where you can learn more about the Active Travel Hub and music from representatives of the Girvan Traditional Folk Festival for whom SACT will be providing a weekend long service (April 29th – May 1st ) ferrying festival goers from the South Carrick villages to the concerts and sessions.

Look out for the new logos and the new contact details on the sides of the buses – though you will still be able to use the old ones for a while yet.