South Yorkshire's Community Transport services offer free travel for those in high priority groups struggling to get to Covid-19 vaccination sites

04/02/2021

Community Transport providers across South Yorkshire have stepped in to offer a free return journey to a Covid-19 vaccination site to people who cannot access public transport and have no other means to get there. Community Transport services, also known as Door-2-Door or Dial-a-Ride, are normally available at a subsidised price in South Yorkshire for those who find it difficult to use the public transport network.

Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), says: “No one should miss the chance to have the vaccine because they have difficulty travelling to the vaccination site. During the national lockdown, while we’ve all been advised to stay at home wherever possible, Community Transport operators have been providing a limited Dial-a-Ride service for essential trips.  So, we decided to use this vital resource to support people in need across South Yorkshire and make a contribution to the region’s vaccination effort.”  

To use Door-2-door services, passengers must call their local provider first. There is a dedicated service available for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

“Once you have your vaccine appointment, just give us a call to make a free booking.  Try to give us as much notice as possible and at least one or two days before the journey itself”, says Ian Jenkinson of Sheffield Community Transport on behalf of all local operators.

 “All Community Transport services use fully accessible vehicles and can pick up passengers directly from their homes. We’ll work hard to accommodate as many people as possible, but places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.”

To book a free ride to and from your vaccination site with Door-2-Door services in South Yorkshire call:

  • Barnsley Dial-a-Ride - 01226 732096
  • Doncaster Community Transport - 01302 342400
  • Rotherham Community Transport - 01709 517100
  • Sheffield Community Transport - 0114 285 9906

Community Transport services normally run thousands of individual journeys every year and were considered essential by half of its users in a recent survey. To find out more about them, visit: https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-gb/journeyplanning/Door-2-Door