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Bus Changes Due To Dorchester Roadworks

First Bus Roadworks Sign Dorchester

Published at 9:29am 12th January 2015. (Updated at 11:18am 12th January 2015)

First, which operates buses in Dorset, is advising customers that roadworks starting in Dorchester today (12 January) will result in route changes to services travelling in and out of the town.

Southern Gas Networks is starting 11 weeks of essential gas repair works in the town, which is likely to affect the punctuality of two First services, the 10 between Weymouth and Dorchester and the X31 between Dorchester, Bridport and Axminster.

Service 10 will travel the normal route from Weymouth to Dorchester but will return from Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester via Damers Road and divert using Maumbury Road, resuming the normal route from Weymouth Avenue.

Customers who would normally use the Brewery Square bus stop to travel towards Weymouth will be directed to the bus stop on Maumbury road, which is currently used for the town’s Park & Ride service.

Brewery Square bus stops in both directions are also likely to be closed off for the whole period the works are taking place. Traffic lights could add to delays to the services and First will endeavour to ensure Service X31 will connect with trains at Dorchester South Station during the roadworks.

Queens Avenue bus stops will also be affected as the works progress towards their finish at Maiden Castle Road. Details will be available once First Wessex has been notified of the next phase of works by Southern Gas Networks

Simon Newport, General Manager of First Wessex, said: “We shall do everything we can to keep our services running as smoothly as possible in Dorchester but depending on the congestion and delays likely to occur, they may be subject to change.”

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