Our Mission Statement

“To provide affordable, reliable, accessible transport to youth and community
groups, charities and other non-profit making organisations and statutory
bodies in the East Durham area”.

Our aim is to

  • Put the community first
  • Support inclusivity
  • Promote access for all
  • Provide a quality service

Our Background

East Durham Community Transport (EDCT) was formed in 1989 when it was identified that there was a lack of transport provision within the youth service.  We ran from Blackhall Youth Club with a donated minibus and a handful of volunteers.  From there, with the hard work and dedication from the voluntary Management Committee, we grew over the next few years until funding was secured to purchase 3 new vehicles and employ full-time staff in 1998.

Since that time the organisation has grown into a vital resource within the community of East Durham and is well known and well respected. We have attracted major funding from The Countryside Agency, The Lottery, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Single Regeneration Budget, Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Transition Fund, European Regeneration Development Fund as well as smaller amounts from Hadrian’s Trust, Pathfinders, The County Durham Foundation, Castle Dene Shopping Centre – the list goes on.

Our Services

We run a non-profit, non-commercial Charity and membership can be taken out by youth clubs and groups, luncheon clubs, disability groups, sports groups, uniformed clubs and schools etc. 

We do not carry out contracts or private hire so sorry no stag/hen parties or aiport runs etc!!  You must be part of a group who are eligible to take out membership with us to use our transport.  Please contact any local commercial operator in the area if you are looking for private hire.

Our Travel Club is aimed at tackling social and rural isolation and ensuring our communities have access to a decent transport service.   Although there is no age restriction (we encourage carers and family members to travel with our passengers), the club is aimed at helping the over 60's  and we actively encourage passengers with disabilities to travel with us.  The travel club offers daytrips 3 or 4 times a week and has over 2000 members on its database.  We visit some lovely places which are not always easily accessible by public transport including the Lake District, Morpeth, York & Alnwick to name but a few.  We also arrange theatre trips, pub lunches and market trips.  The club has helped many of our members form friendships and it makes a real difference to peoples lives and gives them something to look forward to.  We ask for members input and help with planning of the trips so its a joint effort by all concerned. We pick up near to each address as possible and offer door to door pickups for anyone with a disability.

A message from the Chair

Our staff, board and volunteers are dedicated and passionate in our roles and we all believe in the good work that is carried out in our community and that by providing an excellent transport service this good work can be achieved.

Social isolation is tackled, young people can engage in positive activities, people can access leisure and shopping facilities and groups can achieve their aims and objectives.

Everyone at EDCT is committed to ensuring our organisation runs to a high standard in order to continue providing this essential service for many more years to come.