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Real Ale Runabout

The scheme, aimed at halting the decline of rural pubs in North Essex, takes people to village pubs in the Colchester district.  The scheme is run by the local branch of CAMRA and the Colchester Community Voluntary Service, with funding from the Rural Community Council of Essex.  Between May and November 2011 the minibus will visit a total of 22 villages which are not easily accessible without a car.




For further information please contact John Durrant from Colchester CAMRA on 0791 998 7557 or


Dengie Dart

The Dengie Dart, launched in May 2011, is a demand responsive transport service that provides a link from your front door to the hospital (Broomfield and St Peters). This new type of service, the first of its kind in Essex, means that anybody in selected Dengie parishes, Maldon and Heybridge can ring “the Dengie Dart” to arrive and depart at five set times on Mondays to Fridays from both hospitals.   All vehicles are fully accessible and operated by friendly trained staff.


Fares are more expensive than a commercial bus service, but not as expensive as a taxi. Concessionary pass holders will be able to access Broomfield and St Peters Hospital for free just like they would be able to do on a bus.


For further information please contact Andy Ambrose at Arrow Taxis on 01621 874404.



Dengie Youth Bus

The Maldon Youth Council teamed up with the RCCE to arrange a service for young people to get home from an evening out in Maldon or Burnham on Friday nights.  Staffed by Arrow Taxis, the Dengie Dart evening service will operate as a trial for one year from May 2011. 


The idea is that young people can go out for the evening, buy a bus ticket to Maldon or Burnham and get the Dengie Dart Bus home, but with the benefit that you will be dropped to your door. In both cases passengers just need to buy return tickets on the inward bus journey using the regular 31X service from Burnham, Althorne and Latchingdon or the D1 service from Steeple and Maylandsea and the Dengie Dart will honour the return journey.



For further information please contact Andy Ambrose at Arrow Taxis on 01621 874404.




Z-bikes Project

The Z-bikes project, based in Saffron Walden is a ground breaking initiative aimed at tackling the rural isolation and disadvantage experienced by young people living in rural Uttlesford when trying to access training and employment by offering them short term loans of 50cc mopeds.

In November 2004 a partnership with Uttlesford District Council, Rainer, F.C. Moore Ltd (Garage) and RCCE was established. The partnership conceived the scheme as a result of evidence based research that highlighted a need for young people in the district to become more self sufficient.

The scheme which is run by "Rainer" ,a national charity, currently owns 15 mopeds, and employs a part-time project worker who is based at the Community Service Office at (UDC) giving easy access to all youth services within Uttlesford and Essex County Council Road Safety Officer.

The scheme has been deemed a success, with the project providing much needed transport and increased opportunities for young people in rural areas. The project continues to develop and at present is looking to expand the project to other areas of the county.

Z-bikes is about more than simply providing transport. It is an enabler, encouraging and helping young people to make choices about their future, and improve their employability and skills base. At the same time this improves a person's self confidence and prompts participation in their community and wider social circles.

RCCE are proud to be associated with Z-bikes and recently provided funding to help purchase a bike for the project as part of a corporate sponsorship pilot project. The bike was recently unveiled with its new RCCE/BAA Stansted livery and is now out on loan to a young person in Uttlesford.

For more information on the Z-bikes project or how your organisation can become involved in sponsoring a bike please contact Di Cross at Rainer on 01279 408370.