SLINKY Services - Demand Responsive Transport

What is the Slinky?

Slinky is an accessible bus service funded by Somerset County Council for people unable to access conventional transport.

This service can be used for a variety of reasons such as getting to local health appointments or exercise classes, visiting friends and relatives, going shopping or for social reasons. You can also use the Slinky as a link to other forms of public transport.

Who can use the Slinky?

You will be eligible to use the Slinky bus if you:

  • Do not have your own transport
  • Do not have access to a public bus service
  • Or have a disability which means you cannot access a public bus

Parents with young children, teenagers, students, the elderly, the retired and people with disabilities could all be eligible to use the Slinky bus service.

How does it work?

If you are eligible to use the service you will first need to register to become a member of the scheme. You must complete a registration form and return it to the booking office before using the service for the first time.

Once registered you can then book a journey by contacting your booking office at least 24 hours before you want to travel. Trips can be booked up to two weeks in advance.

How much does it cost?

For journeys up to 3 miles:
Single - £2.50
Return - £4

For journeys over 3 miles:
Single - £3.50
Return - £5

Using Concessionary bus passes

English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes can be used on Slinky services. You will need to show your pass every time you travel. If you have a companion element on your bus pass your companion can also travel with you for free.

Somerset Student County Tickets are also valid on Slinky services.

See the links on the right for information about the individual services.