Transport for local people


Chard & Ilminster

What is the Slinky?

Slinky is an accessible bus service funded by Somerset County Council for people unable to access conventional transport. The service operates in the Chard and Ilminster area to local residents who do not have access to any other form of 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 if you have a disability which means you cannot access a public bus

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. 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.

English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes can be used on Slinky services. You will need to show your pass every time you travel.

Clients with a Bus Pass travel free. Clients without a Bus Pass travel for a minimal cost.

Somerset County Council’s Slinky Service is operated by:
South Somerset Association for Voluntary & Community Action 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