WATAG meeting to discuss recent changes to bus services

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CHANGES to bus services in the West Dorset area, including Lyme Regis, will be discussed at the next meeting of the Western Area Transport Action Group (WATAG) on Thursday, September 27. 

The meeting will be held in the WI Hall in North Street, Bridport (DT6 3QJ) from 6.30pm.

A representative from Dorset Travel will advise those attending of the future plans for the Bridport – Beaminster – Yeovil inter urban corridor, along with an update on school transport.

Timetables are changing from this Sunday (September 23) for the X51 and X53 Jurassic Coaster routes. Sunday services will be withdrawn until Easter next year, although WATAG has asked First Wessex to reconsider this.

This means the only bus serving Lyme Regis on Sundays will be the Stagecoach 9A.

Meanwhile, both Beaminster Town Council and Bridport Town Council have introduced their own “community bus” initiatives to plug some of the gaps created by withdrawal of routes last year, and we hope to hear how these services are faring.

Trains west of Crewkerne are being replaced by buses until Sunday, September 23 whilst flood alleviation works take place. The car park has been closed to accommodate replacement buses.

WATAG members also hope to have a representative from the rail industry at the meeting to explain this and to advise on developments, including through tickets for bus and rail.

A spokesperson from the group said: “As usual we hope to welcome local councillors, transport operators and public transport users and there will be a democratic session for anyone to raise questions about local bus and rail services.”

WATAG is voluntary group with an interest in public transport, principally in West Dorset and supported by Dorset County Council. The meeting is open to all with an interest in local public transport.

For more information, visit the website www.watag.org.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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