17 December 2021
Christmas and New Year Community Bus Changes
Bridport’s community bus, Service 7, will see a change next week to assist with Christmas shopping, followed by wider timetable revisions in January.
The round-town bus, which normally runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays to give shoppers easy access to Bridport Market, will operate on Friday 24th December to coincide with the rescheduled market on that day. The service will then be paused for the Christmas and New Year period, resuming with a new timetable and expanded route from 5th January 2022.
A review of the service, run by Dorset Community Transport on behalf of Bridport Town Council, identified an opportunity to incorporate Chestnut Road, Valley Road and Coopers Drive into the route from January – a change requested by Bothenhampton & Walditch Parish Council and the Western Area Transport Action Group (WATAG). The changes also mean that the bus will serve South Street, meaning that all three major shopping streets will be covered.
Town Clerk Will Austin said “It’s a challenging time for public transport, and the Town Council is pleased to be extending the route at a time when we hear a lot about bus services reducing in Dorset. I’m particularly pleased that with the help of Dorset Community Transport we can now reach Coopers Drive – residents have asked for this and our previous operator wasn’t able to incorporate it.”
The revised timetable from 5th January 2022 is available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, and online at https://www.bridport-tc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Bridport-Service-7-From-5-January-2022.pdf.
Town Clerk, Bridport Town Council