We work closely with local transport providers to get our older and disabled residents a fair ride on local bus services. Following the success of easy access lo-liner buses, all future new bus deliveries to Stagecoach will feature low-step entrances and buggy zones. In time, their entire fleet will feature lo-liner facilities.
Other important services which make transport more accessible include Dial-a-bus, MyBus Rural (formerly Ring 'n' Ride) and the East Ayrshire Coalfield Community Transport service.
Dial-a-Bus is managed by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and operates throughout East Ayrshire. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible, with low-floor ramp access. Applicants must hold a Scottish Citizens National Entitlement Card.
an accessible service from as near as possible to your home, to destination
driver assistance on and off the bus (but not into or out of your home)
you can take an escort if required
Dial-a Bus can be used for:
recreational and social activities
access to local facilities including health centres and shopping centres
visiting friends and hospital visiting
MyBus Rural is designed to serve people and communities in rural areas of Strathclyde who don't currently have a local bus service or have poor public transport links. MyBus Rural is for individual passengers or group bookings. All services are operated by low floor, wheelchair-accessible buses. There are two MyBus Rural services operating within East Ayrshire.
Journeys can be booked by:
phoning the SPT switchboard on 0141 332 6811 (8.30am until 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am until 4.00pm on Fridays)
text message - to register for this service please call the booking line
bookings can be made up to two hours before travelling, but SPT recommend you book the day before
The Irvine Valley Service (Service 500) operates in and around the Irvine Valley and provides links to:
Kilmarnock, Kilmaurs, Stewarton and Dunlop train stations
Kilmarnock, Galston, Darvel, Newmilns, Hurlford, Fenwick, Stewarton, Dunlop, Waterside, Cunninghamhead and Moscow centres
The Three Valleys Service (Service 900) operates in and around the rural three valleys area of South Lanarkshire and provides links to Crossford, Darvel, East Kilbride, Lanark, Larkhall Cross, Hairmyres Hospital, Hamilton and Wishaw.
The M14 service operates in and around the Kilmarnock area including Kilmaurs, Knockentiber, Crosshouse and all areas of Kilmarnock town.
Journeys can be booked by:
phoning the SPT switchboard on 0141 332 6811 between the hours of 8.30am and 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am until 4.00pm on Fridays
For full details of the above services visit My Bus on Strathclyde Partnership for Transport's website.
Coalfield Community Transport
The Coalfield Community Transport service provides affordable and accessible transport for community and voluntary groups and individuals living in the Coalfield Area of East Ayrshire - Auchinleck, Cumnock, Dalmellington, Muirkirk and surrounding villages.