Dorset County Council announces continuation of islanders’ bus link

A bus service that connects Portland residents with the commercial bus route to Weymouth will continue to run for a further six months.People boarding bus

Dorset County Council will continue to run the weekday Portland Community Bus 1 following an initial six month trial, which ended on 10 October.

Single fares will range from £1 to a maximum of £2 with reduced rates for children aged 6-15. Children under five go free and concessionary travel passes are valid on the service.

The community bus runs twice daily from the Aqua Hotel, Castletown to Portland Bill via Fortuneswell and Grove. It connects with First’s service from Portland to Weymouth which operates every ten minutes during the week.

Residents were urged to use the service to ensure that it continue once the extended trial period comes to an end next spring.

Dorset County Council member for Portland Tophill, Cllr Paul Kimber, and member for Underhill, Cllr Kate Wheller said the bus service was for the whole Portland community.

“It is great that a lot of concessionary pass holders have used the service so far but we want to stress that this is open to all Portland residents.

“We have been campaigning for years to have a public transport connection – so please use the service.”

The bus link is a result of a survey conducted before Christmas when Portlanders were asked whether they would use a service. More than 500 responses were received which led to the start of the trial in April.

Find bus timetables.

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