Good news for Villager Transport Service
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson and The Villager
Community Transport Service have announced a deal which will see
£60,000 of Council funding used to help purchase a new vehicle for
the vital rural transport service.
The Villager is a long standing community-led transport service
which is staffed and run entirely by volunteers and provides
regular shopper services for villages in the north of the borough.
It is open to all residents but is particularly important to
elderly or less mobile residents living in rural areas.
The current vehicle has been showing signs of wear and tear in
recent months and break downs have caused disruptions to the
service. The new vehicle, supported by the Council, will help to
improve this vital service for many rural residents.
Stan Jones, Secretary of The Villager Community Transport
Service, said: “The popularity of our service means the vehicle is
out on the roads five days most weeks, covering hundreds of miles a
“Unfortunately, it has seen better days and has had to be off
the road for repairs recently. The funding will be a big help in
purchasing a new vehicle which will mean less time in the garage
and more time out on the road, helping people get to where they
need to go.”
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Villager
provides an extremely important service to residents, particularly
in rural parts of the borough, many of whom would otherwise have
difficulty travelling into the town centre or elsewhere.
“We are pleased that we have been able to help this service to
purchase a new vehicle. This will ensure The Villager can offer an
improved service and can help even more people.”
The Villager currently runs 13 services on a weekly, fortnightly
and monthly basis. The vehicle is in use 5 days a week, most weeks
of the year and covers hundreds of miles every month.
The new vehicle will be a timely introduction as the Villager
timetable changes from 1st June to reflect changes in demand.
The new Villager vehicle will be more reliable and efficient and
will be chosen following consultation to meet the operating
environment and aspirations of its passengers and
The Villager timetables are available on the Council website at
and at the Bedford Borough Council Customer Service Centre, on
Horne Lane in Bedford town centre. More information
about the Villager is also available at www.villager-sharnbrook.org.uk.