Great year for TRIP

PUBLISHED: 10:31 03 April 2013

Honiton-based TRIP Community Transport Association sets its sights on broadening its appeal to the wider community.

TRIP Community Transport Association in Honiton continues to go from strength to strength - and has had its most successful year.

The charity, based in New Street, provides a number of services, including the ring-and-ride bus trips and weekend excursions, and hopes to build on this success by further broadening its appeal.

The manager of TRIP, Neil Hurlock, said: “TRIP is busier than ever and it has been getting busier over the last couple of years.

“It was definitely the best year for the ring-and-ride service for about 10 to 15 years.”

Mr Hurlock told the Midweek Herald that the number of people using the car shopping service had increased slightly and passenger numbers going out on trips and visits had reached record levels.

TRIP is hoping to launch a mid-week fine dining experience in late April or May, which will be held once every two months or more often if there is demand. Mr Hurlock said: “Hopefully, it will introduce what we do to new groups of people and raise awareness of what we are about. It is open to anybody – young or old - in the Honiton area.

“This is to broaden the appeal of the ring-and-ride service and to try to attract more people. It is a community facility.”

This month, TRIP will also be introducing a mid-week munch, where passengers can enjoy a carvery meal at local venues. Weekend trips away have proved particularly popular with TRIP users.

Destinations for this year will include excursions to Jersey, the Isle of Wight and a range of other destinations.

Mr Hurlock added: “All the different things we are trying to do are to keep the awareness of TRIP and build on it - and to get more people out from their homes.”

For more information about TRIP and the services it provides, call 01404 46529 or pop into its New Street office.

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