Transport for local people


Martock, South Petherton, Crewkerne, Chard, Ilminster, Langport & Somerton

What is the Slinky?

Slinky is a demand responsive transport service funded by Somerset County Council for people without access to or unable to access conventional transport.  the vehicles are all accessible.  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 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 if you have a disability which means you cannot access a public bus

This service is availble to all eligible passengers which could include parents with young children, teenagers, students, the elderly, the retired and people with disabilities.

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. We do try wherever possible to arrange the journey for specific times, however where demand is high we sometimes have to conduct a degree of flexibility.

How much does it cost?

Please phone the booking office to check the cost of the journey.  Holders of a Somerset issued  English National Concessionary Pass and children aged between 5 - 16 will be entitled to 50% reductions in the cost of the fare.  Children under 5 travel free.  You will need to show your pass every time you travel.  Someset Student County Tickets are also valid on Slinky Services.

Somerset County Council’s Slinky Service is operated by:
Community Transport South West Ltd
Unit 5, Yeovil Small Business Centre, Houndstone Business Park

Services available:
Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm

Booking number: 
0844 800 9646

Booking lines are open:
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm