What is the Harpenden Hopper?
It is a proposed community bus service running in parts of Harpenden for a 12 month Pilot.
Who is running the service?
It is going to be run via a charity called Harpenden Connect specifically set up for this purpose.
Who is behind the charity?
It has been set up by residents of Harpenden with the backing of local councillors.
Why was it set up?
There was a belief that some areas of Harpenden didn’t have the right level of bus service which could lead to isolation.
On what basis is it being run?
Initially it is a 12 month pilot run by volunteer drivers and staff paid for by donations sponsorship and potentially some local section 106 funding.
What vehicle is it using?
It will be running with a second hand 16 seater Mercedes bus that was bought from the county council.
Is it just for the Elderly?
No it will be open to all users who are able to walk onto the bus.
What route will it run?
Initially it will pick up at specific points in the Roundwood area and drop off in Church Green going via the 3 doctors surgeries.
How do I use it and when will it start?
There will be a published route guide with approximate stop times but it will be a Hop on Hop off service that can be hailed anywhere along the route aiming to start by the end of 2016.
How much will it cost and will bus passes be valid?
We are anticipating it to cost £2.00 per one way trip and yes bus passes will be valid.
What route & time table will it run and why?
Initially 3 days a week from 9.30am till 4.30pm on a route around Roundwood as this is the least served area by existing public transport.
How do I find out how to volunteer or give donations to the project ?