Bus firm reassures passengers over service cuts

Dorset Echo: Bus firm reassures passengers over service cuts Bus firm reassures passengers over service cuts

A BUS company has tried to reassure passengers who will be cut off when a service is axed.

Passengers in Littlemoor complained they will lose a ‘lifeline’ service when First’s X31 hourly bus is re-routed away from Weymouth.

Cancer patient Brenda Bugler said she relies on the bus to get to appointments at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

From May 24, the bus will only run between Dorchester and Axminster, cutting off the Weymouth section altogether.

General Manager of First Wessex (Dorset and South Somerset) Simon Newport said: “Customers can now use the new Service 14, which provides four journeys per day from Preston and Littlemoor to Dorchester and will stop close to the hospital. This replacement service will offer various departures during the day as well as continuing to provide the direct link.

“For those customers who are unable to fit their journeys around these times, Service 10 will run to and from Dorchester every 15 minutes during the day and connects with other frequent services at both Broadwey or Weymouth King’s Statue.

“Customers will not incur a fare penalty while making these connections because return fares are now interchangeable.”

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12:40pm Fri 2 May 14

trymybest says...

The number 14 run four times a day the first one is a school bus and the other three only go to Trinity street, no where near the hospital l wonder if Simon Newport knows what he is talking about?.
Simple thing is to run an express service every hour from Weymouh to Dorchester hospital along the Preston and Littlemoor road and when in Dorchester why not turn into Great Western / Damers road and bypass the town centre altogether to get to the hospital and forget about the 14. You could have a special Express service ticket only with a fare of £3.50 return, it's worth a try.
The number 14 run four times a day the first one is a school bus and the other three only go to Trinity street, no where near the hospital l wonder if Simon Newport knows what he is talking about?. Simple thing is to run an express service every hour from Weymouh to Dorchester hospital along the Preston and Littlemoor road and when in Dorchester why not turn into Great Western / Damers road and bypass the town centre altogether to get to the hospital and forget about the 14. You could have a special Express service ticket only with a fare of £3.50 return, it's worth a try. trymybest
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