73A Dial-a-Bus Service On the first Wednesday of the month the 73A dial-a-bus service goes to Dorchester.  On the other Wednesdays it goes to Bridport.  Booking No. 01305 221059 This is a small Mini-bus which will pick passengers up at their homes and deliver back to the door and is mainly used by those who can't walk far and also has a facility for wheelchair users.  Places are limited and passengers are expected to register for this service and book a seat before travelling, at least a week in advance as it picks up in West Bexington, Puncknowle, etc.  For further details ring 01305 221703 or 01305 224582 TRAINS The 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 found here TAXIS Journey Bound Solutions - 07989 332407 for local or long distance.
This is a voluntory scheme co-ordinated in the Bride Valley by Mrs Virginia McShane, who can be contacted on 01308 425591 (Mrs Lesley Dove on 01308 897695 from 14th November 2016). 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 Procedures Scope of Service 1. 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.  Drivers Every 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). Expenses Drivers 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. Accounting Drivers 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.
BUSES Click here for latest timetable The X53 “Jurassic Coast” service operates between Exeter and Poole via Seaton, Lyme Regis, Bridport, Weymouth, and Wareham. The nearest pickup point is at the Bull Inn, Swyre. Service number 31 operates between Weymouth and Axminster via Dorchester, Winterborne Abbas, Bridport, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.  The nearest pickup point is at the top of Whiteway. From May 25th 2014 the service wikk be re-numbered X31 and no longer connect directly to Weymouth. The link below will take you to the Southern Area timetable book that includes the new timetables and details of all other routes in the area. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/media.jsp?mediaid=193035&filetype=pdf 
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As from 23rd July there will be no regular bus service to and from Litton Cheney. Other Bride Valley villages have suffered the same fate. We are putting together a list of local residents who subject to availability and notice would be willing to offer bus users a lift to and from the X51 bus stops on the A35 at the top of Whiteway. If you would like to add your name to the list of willing drivers please call John Firrell on 482313 who will send you full details of the scheme. Other travel options are available, and long term solutions investigated but initially this is an ideal opportunity for local non- bus users to assist their fellow villagers in getting about their daily business. Thank you in anticipation
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