Sainsbury's launch free bus service

Sainsbury's launch free bus service

Sainsbury's launch free bus service

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SAINSBURY’S has launched a free bus service for shoppers.

The supermarket is sending free buses across Weymouth to bring shoppers to the store on Mercery Road.

The free bus scheme, which started on July 14, has six services travelling to different areas of Weymouth on set days from Monday to Friday.

Brendan Moran, Deputy Manager of Sainsbury’s Weymouth, said: “We had hoped that a bus route would be redirected to come to the store however it was quite difficult to organise that with the local bus company so we decided to offer a free service instead.

“If this trial run proves to be successful, we will hopefully be able to extend the service to reach even more people in the area.

“So far the feedback we have had from people who have used the service has been really positive. We would love for even more people to give it a try so that we can possibly increase the service’s coverage.”

Shoppers will be dropped off at the store’s new bus stop, one of the three pieces of recently unveiled artwork at Weymouth Gateway which have been created by sculptor Andy Kirkby.

Councillor Ian Bruce has welcomed the plans for the free service.

He said: “This bus service is great news. It will give people the chance to come down to Weymouth Gateway and visit the new store as well as being able to enjoy the fantastic new sculptures.

“Plus it’s free for everyone to use! I would encourage people to take advantage of the service as they will have to stop running it if it isn’t being used.”

Shoppers will be picked up from selected bus stops across Weymouth and Portland before visiting the store, where they will have around two hours to shop before the bus returns them back home.

The full timetable can be found below.

 

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12:54pm Tue 22 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

How are you supposed to know about this? I haven't seen it publicised anywhere.
How are you supposed to know about this? I haven't seen it publicised anywhere. arlbergbahn
  • Score: -6

1:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

angrydorseter says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
How are you supposed to know about this? I haven't seen it publicised anywhere.
Somewhere like the Echo? OH WAIT...
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: How are you supposed to know about this? I haven't seen it publicised anywhere.[/p][/quote]Somewhere like the Echo? OH WAIT... angrydorseter
  • Score: 13

1:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Isosceles says...

angrydorseter said 'Somewhere like the Echo?'
Specific details of which selected bus stops or pick up times are not given here and where in Weymouth are these places called 'Littlemore and Redland'?
angrydorseter said 'Somewhere like the Echo?' Specific details of which selected bus stops or pick up times are not given here and where in Weymouth are these places called 'Littlemore and Redland'? Isosceles
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

annotater says...

I will ask then. Which "Selected" bus stops? Why was this not publicised? Where is the information available apart from going to Sainsburys and asking?
I will ask then. Which "Selected" bus stops? Why was this not publicised? Where is the information available apart from going to Sainsburys and asking? annotater
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Isosceles says...

Nice to see the schedule but where is the BROADWAY church that the S2 goes to and from?
Nice to see the schedule but where is the BROADWAY church that the S2 goes to and from? Isosceles
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Top Gear says...

If you have to get a bus to Sainsbury's then you wont be able to afford to shop there. Please stick to Asda.
Sainsbury's is a great place to shop, nice and quiet.
If you have to get a bus to Sainsbury's then you wont be able to afford to shop there. Please stick to Asda. Sainsbury's is a great place to shop, nice and quiet. Top Gear
  • Score: -9

5:54pm Tue 22 Jul 14

islandman says...

Can I tell you that the bus will stop at every bus stop en route besides those listed, simply be there on time and give adequate time for the driver to stop. That is the information given to me from SouthWest and the driver.
Can I tell you that the bus will stop at every bus stop en route besides those listed, simply be there on time and give adequate time for the driver to stop. That is the information given to me from SouthWest and the driver. islandman
  • Score: 8

7:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jmc1 says...

Top Gear wrote:
If you have to get a bus to Sainsbury's then you wont be able to afford to shop there. Please stick to Asda.
Sainsbury's is a great place to shop, nice and quiet.
Won't be cheaper when Netto move in
[quote][p][bold]Top Gear[/bold] wrote: If you have to get a bus to Sainsbury's then you wont be able to afford to shop there. Please stick to Asda. Sainsbury's is a great place to shop, nice and quiet.[/p][/quote]Won't be cheaper when Netto move in jmc1
  • Score: 1

8:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

Oh look, now the Echo's put up a scan of the timetable after I mentioned it.
Oh look, now the Echo's put up a scan of the timetable after I mentioned it. arlbergbahn
  • Score: -2

10:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bio8787 says...

Look at the time gaps of the buses. My great nan who is 92 who lives on route s2 does not want to be waiting around for about 1 hour and a half waiting for a bus after doing shopping
Look at the time gaps of the buses. My great nan who is 92 who lives on route s2 does not want to be waiting around for about 1 hour and a half waiting for a bus after doing shopping Bio8787
  • Score: -4

10:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bio8787 says...

What bus stops are they because on a lot of these roads there are 2 bus stops
What bus stops are they because on a lot of these roads there are 2 bus stops Bio8787
  • Score: -2

7:45am Wed 23 Jul 14

shuttling says...

A free bus well done Sainsbury's why does everyone moan I'll use it I usually have to get the bus to manor road walk all the way round to Sainsburys then get a taxi back I'll save about £8 I'm happy
A free bus well done Sainsbury's why does everyone moan I'll use it I usually have to get the bus to manor road walk all the way round to Sainsburys then get a taxi back I'll save about £8 I'm happy shuttling
  • Score: 5

7:46am Wed 23 Jul 14

shuttling says...

Bio8787 wrote:
Look at the time gaps of the buses. My great nan who is 92 who lives on route s2 does not want to be waiting around for about 1 hour and a half waiting for a bus after doing shopping
There's a perfectly good restaurant she could sit in. Or why don't you do her shopping for her!!
[quote][p][bold]Bio8787[/bold] wrote: Look at the time gaps of the buses. My great nan who is 92 who lives on route s2 does not want to be waiting around for about 1 hour and a half waiting for a bus after doing shopping[/p][/quote]There's a perfectly good restaurant she could sit in. Or why don't you do her shopping for her!! shuttling
  • Score: 4

9:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

angrydorseter wrote:
arlbergbahn wrote:
How are you supposed to know about this? I haven't seen it publicised anywhere.
Somewhere like the Echo? OH WAIT...
Why the heavy duty sarcasm? There was absolutely no publicity about it anywhere until this story was put up, and then until they put up the scan of the timetable there was no clue as to where it went or when. And it had been going for a week, according to the story, before this story was put up.
[quote][p][bold]angrydorseter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: How are you supposed to know about this? I haven't seen it publicised anywhere.[/p][/quote]Somewhere like the Echo? OH WAIT...[/p][/quote]Why the heavy duty sarcasm? There was absolutely no publicity about it anywhere until this story was put up, and then until they put up the scan of the timetable there was no clue as to where it went or when. And it had been going for a week, according to the story, before this story was put up. arlbergbahn
  • Score: -2

9:43pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Chicken Wings says...

Thank you Sainsburys re the free bus
I have been in the store a couple of times = great layout, spacious, quiet, helpful & friendly staff.
I like to alternate where I shop: Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons & Tesco etc
Or failing that I make the wife go!
Thank you Sainsburys re the free bus I have been in the store a couple of times = great layout, spacious, quiet, helpful & friendly staff. I like to alternate where I shop: Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons & Tesco etc Or failing that I make the wife go! Chicken Wings
  • Score: 1

10:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Isosceles says...

Chicken Wings - you should try looking at the comparison site http://www.mysuperma
rket.co.uk/shelves/T
op_Offers_in_Sainsbu
rys.html.
You can then decide where what you want is the best price at local supermarkets.
Chicken Wings - you should try looking at the comparison site http://www.mysuperma rket.co.uk/shelves/T op_Offers_in_Sainsbu rys.html. You can then decide where what you want is the best price at local supermarkets. Isosceles
  • Score: 0

11:35pm Thu 24 Jul 14

popsiebabes says...

So I take it all the rumours of how bad the shop is doing are true
So I take it all the rumours of how bad the shop is doing are true popsiebabes
  • Score: 0

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