Changes to Bus Services in West Dorset Announced
2:50pm 6th February 2013
There's going to be a major shake-up to bus services around Weymouth from the end of March.
First Buses are altering a number of timetables to meet demand and some buses will be more frequent on some routes (1 and 2).
But, there's concern a reduction of some services could leave people stranded.
Service 4 buses from Weymouth to Preston will be affected and the 4B through Sutton Poyntz will be removed entirely - see the main details below.
Service 5 and 5A are being scrapped too.
The changes come into effect on March 24th.
Service 4/4B (Weymouth - Preston or Sutton Poyntz - Weymouth): Both the route and the timetable of this service are being altered from the end of March.
Specifically, Service 4 buses travelling outbound from Weymouth to Preston will no longer come off the main road to serve Oakbury Drive. Instead buses will serve stops on the main road, with residents living on Oakbury Drive needing to walk through to there in order to catch them. The change is being made to save some time on the overall journey.
In addition to this the Service 4B route variation is being removed from the timetable with all journeys set to operate as, and follow the route of, Service 4 from 24 March. This change means that Sutton Poyntz will no longer be served by First buses.
First considered the decision to withdraw the 4B route variation long and hard before it was made as the company does appreciate the impact that may have on local people, however on balance the decision was made to ensure that long term commercial viability of the route. Notably at present buses can find it very challenging to operate in this area, due to narrow roads, parking concerns and a tight reversing manoeuvre at the end and these issues are further compounded by relatively few people boarding from stops along this bit of the route.
Finally, Monday to Saturday evening journeys on Service 4 are being reinstated from 24 March. From this date buses will run every half an hour during the evening, up until around 2300 hours.
Customers who use Service 4 are strongly advised to get a copy of the new timetable so they can understand the impact that the changes may have on them.