TRANSPORT NEWS MAY 2021
Half Term for Dorset Schools is Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
The Maiden Newton Ring and Ride service (01305 228965), run by Dorset Council’s passenger services, to Dorchester on Tuesdays and Thursdays is still running during lockdown. Due to Covid restrictions on the number of passengers, there may have to be two buses on the service. The first bus leaves Maiden Newton Old School at 1000, returning from Trinity Street at 1300 and the second at 10.45 returning at 1345. Ring before 15.00 on Monday or Wednesday to book and to learn of the bus service to which you have been allocated. These buses will start from Cattistock Square by request at booking. Fares £2.50 single £5 return.
Dorset Community Transport (01258 287980), a private company, also offer 2 services from Maiden Newton each week and a third twice a month. To use any of these services you must be registered with the Company and then book your seat, and arrange your pick up point, before 1430 on the day before you want to travel. Each adult return fare is £6 on all 3 services. DCT now accepts the national concessionary bus passes.
Every Wednesday to Dorchester The bus, from Broadwindsor to Dorchester, passes through Maiden Newton about 10.00. The return service leaves Trinity Street at 13.20. Ring by 14.30 on Tuesdays to book your seat and confirm your pick up point.
Thursdays 6 and 20 May to Yeovil The bus leaves the Dorchester Road stop at 09.32, the War Memorial at 09.34 and Cattistock at 9.39. The drop off point is close to M&S and the return service leaves from the same place at 12.30. Book by 14.30 on Wednesday and confirm your pick up point. Pickups may be arranged at Frome St Quintin or Evershot.
Every Friday to Bridport The bus leaves the War Memorial at 09.15 and the return service leaves Bridport about 12.30. Book by 14.30 on Thursdays and confirm your pick up point.
USE YOUR BUSES IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM
TRAINS GWR are presently maintaining the full advertised service but there may have to be cancellations due to COVID-19 staff absences. Please check before you plan to travel. The summer timetable starts on Sunday 16 May. Extra trains shown in bold
From Maiden Newton to Dorchester and Weymouth
Monday to Friday
0757 1037 1138 1336 1643 1837 1943 2242
0753 1032 1105 1135 1335 1635 1843 1935 2242
1017 1130 1525 1937 2243
From Maiden Newton to Yeovil, Westbury. Bath and Bristol
Monday to Friday
0552 0707 0914 1140 1338 1526 1748 2040
0704 0912 1136 1336 1519 (until 15 May) 1636 (from 22 May) 1754 2045
0830 1131 1434 1635 1819 2034
At present Rachael is unable to take bookings for Country Car journeys. I will be taking the the bookings requesting help with transport to the surgery, hospital appointments, dentists, opticians or attend COVID Vaccinations at Bridport on 01300 320969 until Rachael is ready to take over again.
Sally Falkingham Maiden Newton & Frome Valley Parish CouncilsTransport Representative.