The Dengie Dart Service has been operational since its launch in May 2011. The Demand Responsive Transport scheme, (the first of its type in Essex) provides a bus service linking parts of Dengie with Broomfield and St Peters Hospitals.
It provides a link from scheduled pickup points, or a home pick up which can be booked in advance, to Broomfield and St Peters Hospital by an accessible vehicle with friendly trained staff. Fares are more expensive than a bus, but not as expensive as a taxi. Concessionary pass holders are able to access Broomfield and St Peters Hospital for free just like they would be able to do on a bus.
Run by Arrow Taxis of Maldon, the Dengie Dart is growing in popularity and has started to see fully booked buses. The hospitals are also starting to take advantage of the service by using it for transfers between Broomfield and St Peters.
The scheme was initiated as part of the Access to Services – Access to Healthcare theme of the Local Area Agreement work RCCE undertook with Essex County Council. Although improving access to healthcare was the primary aim communities are benefiting from having increased accessibility to leisure, employment, education, retail and social activities. Potentially the service could help reduce the number of car journeys taken which would in turn help to cut carbon emissions.
When launched, Jo Triggs of Mid Essex Health Trust commented “It’s going to be great not only for patients to get to appointments, but the discounts we are offering hospital workers means that we can free up valuable parking space at Broomfield Hospital”.
A further DaRT service has been added, DaRT 5, which links Burnham on Crouch, Althorne, North Fambridge and Stow Maries with other bus services and train stations in the Dengie and South Woodham Ferrers.
For further information and to book contact Arrow Taxis 01621 874410
Dart99 Timetable V19.pdf
DaRT5 fares & local bus links.pdf