Faringdon Community Bus
Providing local transport for the local community
The Faringdon Community Bus (FCB) is run by volunteers and provides local transport for individuals and groups in and around Faringdon. It was launched in November 2001 with funding from The Countryside Agency, South East England Development Agency, Vale of White Horse District Council, the Rural Transport Partnership, Oxfordshire County Council and Faringdon Town Council.
Further financial support to purchase a new replacement bus was provided in 2010 by The Big Lottery Fund, Southern Oxfordshire LEADER, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, The Doris Field Charitable Trust, Vale of White Horse District Council, Sovereign Vale, Faringdon United Charity, Oxford Citizens Housing Association and Tesco Charity Trust. Additional contributions towards the ongoing running costs of the bus were provided by Faringdon Town Council.
FCB use NMV Motor Services for all of the maintenance, servicing and repairs to the bus and without their help, FCB would have lost many days of operational service. To quote NMV, "a vital public service can continue to operate safely".
The Bus operates a timetabled service in and around Faringdon every weekday morning except Bank Holidays.
A programme of trips is run to local towns and places of interest and to events within easy travelling distance of Faringdon. Details are available from the Faringdon Community and Tourist Information Centre, where tickets for trips can be purchased. Click here to view a list of forthcoming trips.
The Faringdon Community Bus is also available for private hire driven by a MIDAS qualified FCB driver.
The bus has 16 passenger seats but is not fully accessible to wheelchair users. Folding wheelchairs can be accommodated but all passengers must be able to access the bus from the pavement.
Faringdon Community Bus Ltd has three Directors who in addition hold other honorary positions within the organisation. They are:-
Mr Simon Coe – Director and Chairman
Mr Ray Bell – Finance Director and Company Secretary
Mr Philip Spracklen – Director
A Committee comprising the Directors, drivers and other interested parties assist and advise the Directors as well as some having specific responsibilities within the organisation.