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Dorset rural community to keep council bus services despite cuts

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

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Rural communities in Dorset will still be served by buses, despite 13 services being withdrawn at the end of the month.

Dorset County Council has been working with Damory Coaches to maintain council community bus links, following South West Coaches'announcement that 13 bus services are being stopped.

Cabinet Member for Transport at Dorset County Council Cllr Peter Finney said: "I would like to thank Damory Coaches for their help in saving as many of the threatened services as possible without additional subsidy payment, and I hope that the revised service will be well supported.

"As well as maintaining as many bus services as possible we have also been able to extend some routes to cover more of the local community, which is great news."

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A revised service will be provided in the Piddle Valley, but there will be no shopping services to Dorchester on Monday. However, between Tuesdays and Fridays - the shopping service will be extended to start in Marnhull.

Saturdays will see three round trips between Sturminster Newton and Dorchester.

Changes to services will come into effect from December 3. Two journeys will be added to service 74 to improve links between Thornford, Yetminster and Bradford Abbas with Sherborne and Yeovil.

The new county council timetable guide will be available from Monday December 3 from libraries, tourist information centres, most rural post offices and directly from Dorset County Council.

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