First Wessex announces service changes
First Wessex is making changes to its network on Sunday 21 January, which will see route 5 (Weymouth, Crossways, Dorchester) and the X52 (Lyme Regis, Seaton, Exeter) withdrawn. Route 10 (Weymouth, Dorchester, Poundbury) will be retimed and extended.
First Wessex has consulted Dorset County Council and Devon County Council about routes 5 and X52. The local authorities are looking to provide an alternative option for these passengers, more information about this will be issued in due course.
Service 10 will be retimed to provide four buses an hour between Weymouth, Dorchester and Poundbury. This change is being introduced to offer improved punctuality and ensure the timetable is robust. After listening to feedback from passengers, route 10 will also be extended to serve Peverell Avenue West in Poundbury.
Regrettably, we can no longer operate routes 5 and X52 due to the challenging financial strains our business is currently facing. Like most operators in the UK, financial support from local authorities is very limited and both routes were operated on a commercial basis. Unfortunately, the levels of patronage have been well below what is required to ensure it’s sustainable.
The decision to alter the frequency for route 10 has been made after monitoring service over the last few months. We feel that by running a service every 15 minutes provides ample travel opportunities, whilst ensuring it is much more punctual. What’s more, we’ve responded to customer feedback and will deliver an extended route for the residents of Poundbury.
The new route 10 timetable can be downloaded below: