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Threatened Weymouth Bus Route Saved


10:54am 7th March 2013
(Updated 11:06am 7th March 2013)

Campaigners fighting to keep a bus service which links Weymouth town centre with Preston and Sutton Poyntz have won a reprieve.

Passenger Watchdog TravelWatch SouthWest  say First Hampshire and Dorset have agreed to keep service 4B running for another four months.

First wanted to ditch the route because they said parking and tight reversing manoeuvre was making it too challenging for buses to operate.

The bus company now says it will continue with the service while Dorset County Council looks at traffic management issues to make it safer.

Gordon Edwards, a director and the company secretary of TravelWatch SouthWest, said today (Thursday 7 March):-

"This reprieve for service 4B is excellent news for Preston and Sutton Poyntz bus users and residents and for the thousands of visitors who will be staying at the Seaview Holiday Park and Northmoor Farm camping site this summer – this reprieve clearly demonstrates that a well organised campaign with very strong local support deploying logical and rational arguments can force a ‘U-turn’ from a large multi-national company. The onus is now on Dorset County Council to implement the necessary traffic management measures in Sutton Poyntz to ensure that the bus service can continue to operate beyond this four month extension.” 



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