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More Bus Services For Portland, Weymouth And Dorchester


8:00am 28th September 2014

There's some good news for bus users travelling between Portland, Weymouth and Dorchester.

First Wessex's new winter time table starts today with some improvements.

If you're fed up of leaving the party early - First Wessex are now running two extra late night journeys on service 1 between Weymouth and Portland.

There will also be later return journey's at the weekend between Weymouth and Dorchester, leaving Weymouth at 00.35 and Dorchester at 00.55.

And after customer feedback every journey on service 14 will now call at Dorset County Hospital.

Daytime journeys on Service 14 are also being improved so that all of them now call at Dorset County Hospital in Bridport Road, Dorchester and terminate at Mansell Square in Poundbury.

Commenting on the winter timetables, Simon Newport, General Manager, First Wessex, said: "Following a very successful summer season, we have decided to continue the very late evening services on two of our most popular routes with journeys at 02.30 and 03.00 running between Weymouth and Portland.

"The alteration to Service 14's route to include the hospital has come as a result of customer feedback. We are also very encouraged by the popularity of the Service 10 half hourly journeys so we will keep them in place throughout the winter.'

The changes to the First Wessex winter timetables are as follows:

Service 1 (Portland - Wyke Regis - Weymouth)

- The service will revert to a 10 minute frequency during the day with a 20 minute frequency on Sundays.

- On Monday to Friday, there will be half hourly departures from Portland operating through to Dorchester on Service 10 in the mornings.

- The school bus 601 (Portland - Weymouth College) has been incorporated into the through journeys.

- Extra Friday and Saturday night journeys will run at 02.30 and 03.00 onto Portland.

Service 2 (Littlemoor - Weymouth)

The last two late night trips ending at Overcombe Corner will be withdrawn. The last bus from Weymouth will now be at 23.30, Monday to Saturday.

Service 3 (Westham- Weymouth)

The timetable will be reduced after 18.00 Monday to Saturday and after 16.00 on Sundays.

Services 4/4A (Weymouth - Preston - Sutton Poyntz)

The Monday to Saturday timetable will be withdrawn after 19.30 and the Sunday timetable withdrawn after 17.30.

Service 8 (Weymouth - Chickerell)

The Sunday service will be reduced.

Service 10 (Weymouth - Dorchester)

There will be an extra 00.30 journey from Weymouth to Dorchester and return journeys on Friday and Saturday. Improvements will be made to through services to and from Portland during morning and afternoon peak times with additional journeys during the morning peak times, Mondays to Fridays.

Service 14 (Portland - Weymouth - Dorchester)

The journey to Thomas Hardye School will divert via Elwell in both directions while the Weymouth - Littlemoor - Dorchester service will be extended to start and finish in Poundbury.

Service X31 (Dorchester - Bridport -Axminster)

The Sunday service will be reduced to two hourly while evening services will be withdrawn after 19.30. The 15.25 journey from Axminster will be extended by four minutes to allow more time for pupils getting on at Woodroffe School.

Service X53 (Exeter - Bridport - Weymouth - Poole)

The Sunday service will be withdrawn and a two hourly service will operate between Poole and Exeter. The route via Poole Quay and Hamworthy will be withdrawn with buses operating via Holes Bay Road.

Service 753 (Beaminster -Bridport - Weymouth College)

The service will be renumbered 53 and amended to run between Beaminster and Bridport only, connecting with Service X53.

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