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Five Days - Five Ways:  Thinking about your travel options

five ways cathc the bus posterDuring the Olympic Games, Wessex FM and Dorset For You are encouraging you to think about your travel options with an estimated 30,000 extra people on the the county's roads.

There are a number of different ways you can travel in the area, ranging from trains and buses to car sharing and cycling.  The workforce at Wessex FM has been set a challenge to test these out over the course of a week, so here we present Five Days, Five Ways!  See if it inspires you to think about your travel options during the Games - and beyond.

Congratulations to Jenna Stone from Weymouth who has won a brand new bike thanks to Dorset County Council and Cycle Life on Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth, complete with lock and helmet.  Jenna took part in our competition and will be using the bike to travel to work in Dorchester while the Games are on!

Cycle and Train

Del Thompson from Wessex FM's Drivetime show combined two methods (great idea), and cycled to Weymouth train station from his home in Preston, locked up his bike at the station, and took the train to Wessex FM in Dorchester.

There are 30km of cycle routes around Weymouth and Portland, and there are more than 500 free secure parking spaces available.

Hundreds of extra train seats will be on offer throughout the Games for local people for business and leisure travel.  A return journey between Dorchester and Weymouth costs just £4 and takes just eleven minutes each way.

Listen to Del talking about his cycling and train experience:

 
Here are some photos of Del's new way of getting to work and leaving his car at home:

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Download a useful cycling and walking map with hints and tips (pdf)
Click here for more details
about local train services and timetables during the Games.

five ways darren motorbikeMotorbike or Scooter

Did you know that parking for motorbikes and scooters is free in car parks in Dorset? 

Wessex FM Sales Executive Darren Stanley has a bike, and decided to get his leathers on and head from Wessex FM's headquarters in Dorchester to a meeting with a client in Weymouth.

Darren explains the benefits of travelling on his motorbike:

 

Click here for more details about available spaces in car parks in Weymouth during the Games.

Car Sharing

Have you ever looked at the cars heading into any local town during the rush hour?  Many are occupied by just the driver, and many will be going to the same destination!  Why not car share?  Even if you don't have a family member, friend, or work colleague to share a lift with, there is a website where you can find a car share buddy.  Car sharing could remove a third of cars from the road at rush hour!

Wessex FM Sales Executive Josephine Parker car shared with Kirsty Hillier from Dorset County Council, as both travelled from Weymouth to Dorchester at around the same time after dropping their children off and schools and nurseries.

Click below to listen to Josephine and Kirsty's morning car share:

 

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Click here to visit the Car Share Dorset website and find a car share buddy.

Park and Ride

There are extra Park and Ride facilities opening in the area during the Games.  Temporary sites will be operating from Kingston Maurwood, Monkey's Jump roundabout, and Littlemoor in Weymouth.  Spaces cost £12 per car with up to seven passengers, and you can book your space by clicking here.  The Park and Ride sites will cater for 8000 vehicles every day.

Jason Cawley is Wessex FM's Sales Manager.  He had a go at using the Park and Ride to get to a meeting in Weymouth, therefore avoiding Weymouth town centre in his car.

Click below to listen to Jason's Park and Ride experience:

 

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Catch the Bus

five ways bus infoMore than four million pounds has been invested in bus travel in the local area, and most bus stops have real time passenger information, so you can see exactly when the next buses are coming.  You can also check before you travel and get information on your computer at home or work, or even on the move on your mobile device from www.traveldorset.org.

Using the bus doesn't have to be just for going to work and coming home again.  If you have a meeting or somewhere to go, why not take the bus to your meeting?  That's what Wessex FM Managing Director Steve Bulley tried out for Five Days, Five Ways.

Click below to hear Steve heading to his meeting on the bus:

 

Top Travel Tips

So, the Wessex FM team tried Five Ways of getting in and around Weymouth & Portland in Five Days.  Why not test out one of the methods yourself, or even an alternative - perhaps even walking (walking a mile takes on average just twenty minutes - and gets you fit!) before the Games arrive.

Remember the top travel tips for getting around Dorset:

  • Avoid travel during peak times if possible (8am-12pm and 6pm-10pm)
  • Use public transport where possible
  • Avoid using the busiest routes
  • Allow extra time for your journey

Click here for details of all road restrictions and closures that will be in force during the Games

Five Days, Five Ways, with Dorset For You and Travel Dorset on Wessex FM