TRAINSThe nearest railway stations are in Dorchester.Dorchester South is on the main line to Waterloo via Poole, Bournemouth and Southampton. Journey time to Waterloo is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes.Dorchester West is on the line to Yeovil (Pen Mill), Westbury, Bath and Bristol (Temple Meads).Both lines terminate at Weymouth in a southerly direction.The line through Crewkerne and Yeovil Junction goes to Exeter Central to the West (with connections to Plymouth) and to Salisbury and Waterloo to the East.Timetables and booking facilities can be foundhereTAXISJourney Bound Solutions - 07989 332407 for local or long distance.
This is a voluntory scheme co-ordinated in the Bride Valley by Mrs Lesley Dove on 01308 897695.The availability of assistance is primarily at the discretion of the co-ordinator who will require to be assured that the passenger is in need of transport assistance due to their inability to make other arrangements. Typical journeys will be to the local doctors, opticians and the like but can include other essential journeys and hospital appointments where the use of non-emergency hospital transport has not been certified by the passenger’s GP or Consultant.The service very much depends upon the availability of volunteer drivers and, following an increased demand for transport to and from Dorchester and Bridport hospitals, more volunteer drivers are urgently sought, particularly from the western end of the Bride Valley. Please will you help by joining the existing band of volunteer drivers and so ensure the survival of this most valuable service; it may be your turn one day to be in need of transport!
Bride Valley Car Service (BVCS) Operating ProceduresScope of Service1. The service may be used to transport passengers to local surgeries and hospitals. Surgeries shall include the practice or clinic of a chiropodist, dentist, doctor, nurse, optician, physiotherapist or the like.2. Passengers using the service must be able to enter, sit in and leave an ordinary car unaided; if not they must be accompanied by an able bodied adult who can assist them. No passenger will be carried whose size requires the use of a child seat or booster cushion in order to permit them to travel legally in an ordinary car or who needs or expects the driver to administer or assist with the administration of any form of medication at any time while they are acting on behalf of the service. DriversEvery driver must satisfy BVCS annually that:-1.His or her car is taxed.2.His or her car is insured and the driver is explicitly covered for volunteer driving.3.His or her car has a valid MOT certificate if applicable.4.He or she has a valid full driving licence.Drivers will be issued with parking permits for use at hospital car parks and must advise BVCS of any change of vehicle registration number.Applications for Disclosure and Barring Service checks on all drivers will be made where these are not already in existence.Drivers aged 70 or over must certify (using the form provided at Appendix A) that they are capable of acting as a volunteer driver. This certification must be renewed every 3 years (in line with DVLA requirements for renewing driving licences).ExpensesDrivers will be reimbursed for total mileage driven from their home and back (including transporting the passenger) at the current HMRC-approved non profit rate of 45p for each mile.Passengers are required to pay 50p for each mile of their journey plus a fixed charge of £2.00, the combined payment to be made to the driver. A receipt is to be issued to the passenger by the driver for the full amount paid using the account/receipt book provided. The passenger mileage rate and the fixed charge may be altered from time to time.AccountingDrivers must account quarterly to the Treasurer on 31st March, 30th June,30th September and 31st December annually using the account/receipt book provided.At the quarterly accounting dates drivers should send to the Treasurer the complete second (yellow) copy of each journey page used during the quarter, plus either a. the surplus income accumulated during the quarter after deduction of their total mileage reimbursement, or b. a claim for reimbursement where their mileage expenses exceed the income received from passengers.Surplus income may be passed to the Treasurer in cash or by cheque made out to Bride Valley Car Service, or by bank transfer to TSB Sort Code 77 68 86, Account No. 00159468, Account name Bride Valley Car Service.
The X53 “Jurassic Coast” service operates between Weymouth and Axminster via Abbotsbury, Bridport, Charmouth and Lyme Regis. The nearest pickup point is at the Bull Inn, Swyre.
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Wednesday and Saturday‘PlusBus’ (Bridport Service C) provided by Dorset Community TransportWe would like to take this opportunity to confirm PlusBus will not be running from 24th December through to 1st January (Christmas Eve through to New Years Day, inclusive) and our office will also be closed during that same period.PlusBus will resume as normal from Thursday 2nd January 2020. Due to the office being closed for the period, bookings for that date need to be placed before 2.30pm Monday 23rd December 2019 thats over a week in advance. Bookings for journeys on or after Friday 3rd January can be made as normal up until 2.30pm the day before.News & Updates for 2020Its now over four years since we first launched PlusBus which we have continued to develop ever since. We now operate up to 16 PlusBus across Dorset and hope to be able to continue providing these much-valued services where they are needed. We do so without any direct funding and passenger fares do not fully cover the additional operating costs. This has led us to review our current flat-fare which has remained unchanged to date. As from January 2020, the return fare will increase from £5 to £6 for all regular PlusBus journeys. Please do read on.We are delighted to announce that, as from January 2020, DCT is now able to accept the national concessionary bus pass on all our existing PlusBus. All you need do is present your valid bus pass to the driver each time you travel. Whilst this will be at no further expense to you, please note we still require passengers to be registered members and pre-book each journey. The bus will go into Bridport & return (9.30 AM FROM LITTON & 12.30 PM FROM BRIDPORT). You must PHONE 01258 287980 TO BOOK YOUR PLACE. Please do help us to spread word of this development to others in your community. We suspect there may be some who are now able to use PlusBus more often and others who haven’t even registered for the service. A regular good number of passengers will help ensure the long-term sustainability of each PlusBus. Important message for Bridport CPlusBus users: you will recall the outcome of our previous review of this service and our letters to you in July and August. Since then, we have received further passenger feedback of a preference to return to a weekly Wednesday service. As one of the regular users of this service, we need to hear from you on this. We invite you to contact our office to let us know your preference between continuing with the existing schedule or discontinuing any Saturday service and returning to a weekly Wednesday. We do intend to continue providing our Bridport C PlusBus into 2020 and, for January, this will run Sat 4th, Wed 8th, Sat 18th and Wed 22nd. Dates thereafter to be confirmed, based on the feedback we receive.
Tell us when something is wrong, like overgrown vegetation, broken bollards, railings and fencing or faded markings and signs or report a collision on-line.Report a CrashMembers of the public are requested to report crashes using an online form to help Dorset Highways collect valuable information about incidents on our roads. The Report a Collision Form is available on HERE .Road traffic collision data is validated and provided by Dorset Police. This data includes collisions that result in personal injury. Although this provides us with valuable information it doesn’t give the complete picture of the incidents on Dorset’s roads.Crashes reported using this new form will feed into our formal collision site investigation programme, and could inform future works if the site is found to be in need of improvement. Although an individual report may not necessarily result in immediate action, it will ensure that we are better informed than we have been in the past.Please note: If you’re reporting a collision that has resulted in damage and requires immediate attention, such as debris on or obstruction to the highway and/or damage to street furniture, then this must still be reported on 01305 221020. This will ensure immediate action can be taken to rectify the problem.Report Other Road ProblemsOther road problems like overgrown vegetation, broken bollards, railings and fencing or faded markings and signs can be reported HERE.
Additional Bus Service available to Litton Cheney and Bride Valley residentsSeasoned bus travellers may already be aware but for those less travelled a Monday to Friday (during term-time) bus service runs from Litton to Bradpole (Colfox School) at the following times:-Litton Cheney (Bus Shelter) – 7.50 a.m.via Askerswell & Shipton Gorge arriving at Bradpole (John Colfox School) – 8.30 a.m.Return - Bradpole (John Colfox School) – 3.40 p.m.via Shipton & Askerswell arriving at Litton Cheney (Bus Shelter) – 4.16 p.m.Local residents should be aware that this is a secondary school bus service run by First that, should space allow, can accept other fare paying passengers. For more information call 0345 646 0707 (Customer Service)
Funding available to homeowners and landlords for home improvements Dorset Council would like to make residents aware of funding that is available to make improvements to homes in our area. Homeowners and landlords can apply for a loan to make improvements to their homes. Essential home repairs such as a replacement boiler, new windows and doors, roof repairs (including thatch), plumbing, heating or electrical works and even structural repairs are included under the scheme.Everyone who is eligible for a loan with us receives the same interest rate, whether you borrow £1,000 or £15,000 and no matter what your circumstances or credit score. Eligible homeowners choose their own contractor and there are a variety of loan products available to suit individual needs.The scheme is delivered through Wessex Resolutions, a not-for-profit lender that works in close partnership with the council. Established in 2003, Wessex Resolutions has helped many homeowners throughout the South West, lending almost £13.6 million. A recent client said "I had no idea the scheme existed until I contacted the council. When my adviser visited me and explained everything perfectly it was a huge burden lifted from me”.For more information, call Wessex Resolutions on 01823 461099, visit www.wessexresolutions.org.uk or email email@example.com.Typical Capital Repayment Loan Example (4% fixed interest rate, Typical 4.2% APR).Borrow £5,000 over 60 months at £92.08 per month.Total amount repayable = £5,524.96 plus £20 Land Registry fee. No early repayment charges. Other loan products are available, and your adviser will discuss your options at a free, no-obligation appointment.Missing payments could affect your credit rating and ability to obtain credit in the future. Loans are subject to status and are typically protected by a Title Restriction. This means that you may not be able to sell your home without our permission unless the loan is fully repaid. Wessex Resolutions C.I.C.: a community interest company limited by guarantee, registered in England, company number 4512225. Registered address: Heatherton Park Studios, Bradford on Tone, Taunton TA4 1EU. Wessex Loans and Wessex Home Improvement Loans are trading names used by this company. Wessex Resolutions C.I.C is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (675263) for credit and debt-related regulated activities.
Residents and visitors wishing to take a bus into either Dorchester or Bridport can use the X51 bus service. You will, however, need to walk up to the A35 via Whiteway and it's quite an uphill hike. The consolation is it's all downhill on your return!X51 Bus Times – Whiteway Cross (A 35) – From March 2018To Bridport08.35 and 10.05 then hourly from 11.05 until 14.05. 16.07, 16.16, 17.48, 19.08 and 20.40. Approx journey time – 15 minutesTo Dorchester06.19, 7.19, 7.38, 9.27, 10.34, then hourly from 10.50 to 15.50,17.50 and 19.29. Approx journey time – 30 minutesReturn journey times and other buses outside of these times, morning and evening, can be found online or at bus stations.Please be aware that there are no bus shelters or seats at the Whiteway or Bredy Hut bus stops on the A35. The bus timings at the Bredy Hut bus stops are adjusted by one minute to the Whiteway bus times.