New Nissan e-NV200 fully electric green bus for Nairn – the on-demand Dial-A-Bus service will be operated by Wheels in Nairnshire and was introduced by the Highland Council



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From left to right, Ali MacDonald, Head of Transport for the Highland Council, and Jon Wartnaby, Director of Wheels in Nairnshire Dial-a-Bus.

Highland Council has introduced a pioneering new Dial-A-Bus service for the communities of Nairnshire.

Wheels in Nairnshire (WiN) and the authority’s Transport Coordination Unit have worked in partnership to create a project to provide on-demand transport in the region.

The council is said to be one of the first UK local authorities to take possession of a fully electric and wheelchair accessible vehicle, a Nissan e-NV200, which will be used by WiN to provide the service.

Councilor Tom Heggie, Chairman of the Nairnshire Region Committee, said: “This is a unique and innovative plan which encourages use based on need rather than ability to pay.

“It also gives those who are able the opportunity to make a more meaningful contribution to vital service. “

Ali MacDonald, Senior Transportation Officer of the Council, said: “Our team is constantly researching alternative approaches to providing transportation, recognizing that providing traditional public transportation is not always the best way to meet the unique needs of a particular community.

“With this approach, we facilitate a valuable service and also involve communities directly in transportation solutions.

“We are delighted that WiN has taken the lead on this project and that we can help them along the way. “

Jon Wartnaby, Dial-a-Bus director at Wheels in Nairnshire, said: family they haven’t seen for a long time.

“Every week we are more and more busy with new customers trying the service.”

To try Dial-a-Bus or the Volunteer Car Program, call 07716 214777 to reserve.

The dedicated vehicle started on September 13 and is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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