Transport for medical appointments and social purposes
The Gamlingay and Hatleys Car Scheme has been in operation for over 20 years.
In addition Hatley St George, East Hatley and Gamlingay, it also covers Little Gransden, Great Gransden and Waresley.
Priority is given for medical appointments – but it is not a taxi service.
Pictured is Mick Marshall – for many years now, Mick has been taking the scheme’s clients to appointments.
Transport by approved volunteer drivers is organised for anyone who can’t provide their own transport and where public transport is unsuitable or non-existent to:
- Hospitals – for appointments, admissions or visiting friends at Addenbrooke’s, Hinchingbrooke, Bedford, Stevenage, Ely.
- Day centres / special needs clubs.
- Doctors – the surgeries in Gamlingay and Potton
- Physiotherapy, etc.
- Friends and shopping.
If you would like to use the scheme, please ring 07519 493 701 and give as much notice as possible (certainly a minimum of at least three working days, unless it’s an emergency when we will always try to help) – even if you have an appointment in a month or two.
If the phone is unmanned, a recorded message will ask you to leave your name and phone number(s) – the booking co-ordinator will ring you back as soon as possible.
A journey is not booked until confirmed by the co-ordinator.
You are welcome to be accompanied by a carer or friend.
If you are wheelchair bound, most cars can take a folding wheelchair – drivers are not supposed to operate wheelchairs or be a ‘carer’, so please take a carer or friend with you.
You can also contact Cambridgeshire County Council’s Community Transport Officer about individual transport needs on 0345 045 1151.
The cost of a journey is based on 25 to 30p / mile (calculated from the driver’s home and back) for each journey – although a fixed fee for each journey has already been calculated: typically, a trip to Addenbrooke’s costs £10.00 (which you pay to the driver). Best to ask the cost when you make an appointment. There is a minimum charge of £1.00 / return journey of up to four miles.
- Passengers pay the driver at the end of the journey.
- There is no extra charge for more than one passenger on any journey.
- If appointments are for more than 2½ to 3 hours, two separate trips will be required and charged for.
The scheme is in urgent need of more volunteer drivers. If you have a clean driving licence and are able to spare the odd couple of hours (with your car), the organisers would be very pleased to hear from you. No firm commitment is required – you can always say ‘no’.
On the day, passengers pay the driver 25p / mile from the driver’s home and back for each journey.
The scheme is supported by Cambridgeshire County Council – each quarter the Council pays 15p / mile to the Scheme’s co-ordinator who passes it on to the driver, so drivers get 40p / mile total, but in two instalments. There are some income tax benefits to this arrangement.
- You will, of course, need a car which can be accessed easily by those with impaired mobility – you must also be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check by the County Council.
To join, please ring Alison Baker, the Scheme’s local co-ordinator, on 07754 275 755 (or on the Car Scheme mobile: 07519 493 701).
The Cambridgeshire County Council website page Community transport details transport options for those unable to use public transport.
Page checked / updated 12th August 2019.