A new booking system for a council-backed rural transport service has been launched in Stirling giving customers a simpler and more flexible way of booking and managing their journeys.

DRT (Demand Responsive Transport) links rural areas where there are few or no conventional bus services, operating like a taxi but charging close to the cost of a bus fare.

The service facilitates more than 23,000 passenger journeys annually and is a shared service for everyone, regardless of age or disability. Users do not have to be a resident within a DRT scheme area or within Stirlingshire.

Whether it be to connect to a regular bus or train service, go to the shops, the doctor, the dentist, work, visit friends or for tourists to visit local attractions, DRT helps people to get out and about in the community.

Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “Residents will benefit through easier access to booking as a result of this investment in the infrastructure of transport in rural Stirling. I hope residents will make the most of these supportive measures.”

Registration and bookings for DRT can be made at www.stirling.gov.uk/drt allowing users to manage journeys 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Users can manage bookings whenever it suits, reschedule or cancel bookings easily and receive email notifications.

Depute Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Danny Gibson, added: “Following consultation with the public, it is good to hear that the new DRT online booking service is now live and will be a benefit to those living in rural Stirlingshire who find it difficult to access mainstream public transport.

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