Dawlish Community Transport

Dawlish Community Transport is based in the Barton Hill Car Park in Dawlish, a registered charity and offers accessible and affording transport services for people who may be unable to use public transport or need support in getting out and about (we are proud to be specialising in wheelchair transportation); helping to access shops, health appointments, services and leisure activities.  We have a lovely team of mostly volunteers and a small team of staff.

We promote and support independence and social contact.  All our vehicles are adapted to take wheelchairs and have lowered steps and tail lifts.

We have a great fleet of vehicles here, driven by our wonderful volunteers who give up their time to help in the community.

What do we do?

We operate several services using our minibuses and cars, transporting people of all ages; children from as young as 5 years to the not so young.  Our most mature passenger at present is just 106.

Office Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm for visitors and telephone calls.

Our vehicles/drivers operate out of these times so please do contact us during office hours to enquire/make a booking

Call the office on: 01626 888890

Ring and Ride Service – Monday to Friday

In partnership with Devon County Council Ring and Ride Service is a fundamental part of what we offer a door-to-door service during the week to enable you to remain independent and able to do your shopping*, banking, pay bills and get out and about in the community – for people living in East Teignbridge (from Exminster through to Ideford). These journeys not only offer a means of travel but passengers make some really grounded friendships with others in the knowledge and trust of an experienced member of staff driving; bringing people together.   *We aren’t able to carry vast quantities of shopping but it enables you to get necessary items

How to book a journey:

Choose the day you wish to travel

Give the office a call between 9.00am and 3.00pm to book (if you need to travel on the actual day, please call by 9.30am to check availability and book)

On the day of travel:

Please be ready by 9.30am – we will pick you up from home. Unless you are the first pick-up it will be later; please bear with us. You are welcome to ring on the morning to gage a pick-up time if that helps you.

We aim to be return you home by 3.00pm (*apart from Tuesday’s; see below)

Payment can be given to the driver on the day; we won’t ask for it beforehand.

If for any reason you are unable to travel, please call to amend your booking as soon as you are aware.


Why not join us for a social trip out on a Tuesday.  We go to lots of lovely places; Dartmoor, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Buckfast Abbey and several Garden Centres.  We live in a beautiful part of the world and we try to capture this whilst ensuring we visit accessible places for any passenger travelling can to enjoy.  We’ll pick you up and return you home.  These days can be a little longer to maximise the day as needed.

Get in touch on: 01626 888890


Current Timetable:Destination:Cost
MondayNo services at present
TuesdayVarious locations – please enquire for details£5.00-£7.50
WednesdayNewton Abbot via Tesco’s£3.50
ThursdayTeignmouth (inc drop off at Morrison’s)£2.75
FridayThe Willows, Torquay (M&S and Sainsbury’s)£4.25

Community Car Scheme

Our vital Community Car Scheme is here to assist people to medical and social appointments, be it to the nearby GP surgery or to hospital appointments further afield.  We have a lovely team of trained and friendly volunteers who assist, using their own vehicle or ours; some trained to carry wheelchair passengers.  Booking in advance is essential as we get very busy. But, we do appreciate that there are times when appointments can be urgent or you are given little notice; so please do call and we will always do our utmost to support.

Private Hire – Minibuses and Cars

We have a small fleet of minibuses (up to 16 seats) and are able to hire them to assist affiliated groups to activities and events – such as luncheon groups, exercise classes, attend church on Sunday’s as well as bookings for trips out. We are also able to assist smaller groups using our cars as appropriate.

Shopmobility – Electric Scooters, Wheelchairs and Walking Trolley Hire

We have a hire service for electric scooters, wheelchairs and walking trollies; be it for local people wanting to hire for their Ring and Ride journey, whilst recovering from an illness or to get out and about around town as well as for holiday makers staying locally.  All available for a small charge; being a charity we are not for profit, we keep our charges to a minimum to serve our community.

Please contact the office direct to find out more, confirm your requirements, availability of equipment and make payment (details sent via our website cannot guarantee a booking).

Contract Bus Services

TN187 (Dawlish Warren) bus route runs on a Tuesday and Thursday

TN886 (Teignmouth-Newton Abbot) bus route runs on a Wednesday and Friday

Please ring or call in for more details/pick up a timetable.

 We are proud to offer transportation also to local schools in Dawlish.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles:

We are proud to be the only service in Dawlish to offer wheelchair adapted vehicles with lowered steps and tail lifts to assist people of all abilities, cars and minibuses (up to 16 seats).

Calling the office:

We have an answerphone facility; please leave your full name and contact number and a brief message and we will call you back.  If you are calling during our opening hours and you go through to the answerphone it just means we are busy on another call and will get back to you.

Call the office on: 01626 888890

Find out more:

Please do give us a call to find out more and if you have any questions at all about what we do, our service, getting involved and or/becoming a volunteer

– there is so much we offer –

Or pop in to the office and meet us; Sally, Marian and Sally Anne

Our Volunteers:

Our dedicated and passionate volunteers are here to help; they are not carers but all share one thing in common, they all care (one has been with us for over 25 years). They tirelessly give up their time, whether it’s an hour a month or 3 days per week; each and every one is as valued and we are so truly grateful for all they do.

Call the office on: 01626 888890


Before I came to you, I spent my holidays in a caravan or in the car as I can’t walk.  I couldn’t fit my scooter in the car but now I can go to the shops, the beach and walks with my mum.  I truly have a wonderful holiday here in Dawlish. 


You, your staff and volunteer drivers have helped me to remain independent. I’m moving away and will miss the banter, fun, ability to go shopping and trips on a Tuesday.  I really thank everyone who has helped me.  I will miss you all. 


I wanted to say thank you for such a lovely, caring organisation. I get a call from the driver 10mins (ish) before the bus gets here. I now get jobs done and can rest when I get home. My bags are always taken to the door. Everything drivers can do to make the journeys enjoyable, they do. Their driving is impeccable. Wow the roads and bad drivers they meet is done patiently and professionally. The office staff are also so helpful; it was someone from the office who set up the calling system for me. It is all about the passengers’ comfort and enjoyment. 


I am writing to express my gratitude to you, for the wonderful way you dealt with us, when my husband was ill on your bus.  You are undoubtedly an excellent example of deeply held decent values and caring for others. My sincere thanks. 


Thank you Dawlish Transport for a service above and beyond.  Friendly, happy, helpful people have made my disabilities not a problem to get out and about. I would be housebound on many occasions if it wasn’t for your help. 


Don’t Wait Any Longer.

Contact Us Today!

Call the office on: 01626 888890
Email: office@etcta.co.uk

East Teignbridge Community Transport Association

Registered in England and Wales – Company Number 10250030 – Registered Charity Number 1168994
Registered Office: 5 Pellew Arcade, Teign Street, teignmouth, TQ14 8EB