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Outrage As Bus Company Reduces Evening Services


12:34pm 2nd October 2013
(Updated 4:07pm 2nd October 2013)

Bus passengers in Preston in Weymouth won't be able to catch a bus with First after 7pm at night.

The bus company's making the change with its winter timetable that's also impacting other evening routes in the Borough.

Councillor Ian Bruce who looks after Preston is outraged.

He says £5M was spent on bus infrastructure for the Olympics and the bus provider isn't playing fare.

Commenting on the changes, Dervla Mc Kay, General Manager of First in Dorset, said: "We want to make sure that our services are aligned to customer demand, which means we have reduced some services for the winter period only. It makes sense for us to have different winter and summer timetables in Dorset because a lot of our business here is seasonal.

"By ensuring that our services remain commercially viable we can continue to fund improvements to meet customers' needs, including the new weekend journeys on some services that were introduced on a trial basis in March and have now become part of our regular timetable throughout the year."

Specific changes, from 3 November 2013

Service 1 (Weymouth - Portland): Monday to Saturday frequency will be every ten minutes. Evening services will remain as per the summer timetable until 2100 hours, and then reduce to a half-hourly service. The 2340 hours ex-Weymouth and return service will be withdrawn. The Sunday service will be reduced to a 15-minute frequency. Connections to and from Dorchester in the morning peak will be improved.

Service 2 (Weymouth - Littlemoor): this service will operate half-hourly after 2100 hours.

Service 4 (Weymouth - Preston): there will be no change to Sunday services. During the winter, services will terminate at 1900 hours.

Service 8 (Weymouth - Chickerell): Monday to Saturday services after 2030 hours will be withdrawn. There will be no change to Sunday services.

Service 10 (Weymouth - Dorchester): timing improvements will enable better connections with Service 1.

Service 31 (Weymouth - Bridport - Axminster): a slight change in the running time will improve rail connections at Dorchester.

Service X53 (Poole - Weymouth " Bridport - Exeter): the Monday to Friday 0905 hours Poole to Weymouth and the 1123 hours Weymouth to Poole services are to be withdrawn. The Sunday service is already scheduled to be withdrawn at the end of September 2013.

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