Starting Saturday 22nd July Transpora will be operating a frequent service from the Weymouth Park and Ride site to Weymouth Beach. Transpora Group is working with Weymouth Town Council to promote the service. Park and Ride is seen as the sustainable way for families to visit Weymouth this summer. Not only is it cheaper than parking in town all day it reduces congestion in the town centre.
Transpora has been operating school contracts in the South Dorset area, and starts more new contracts in September, but has a gap for the school summer holidays when the park and ride will operate.
Rhys Hand, Managing Director for Transpora said, ‘Weymouth is a great place for families to visit during the summer school holidays, the community had a need for a park and ride service, and we had spare capacity in between contracts. It really made sense to work together to provide the service.’
Rhys continued, ‘We are really grateful to Weymouth Town Council for helping us to promote the service to the local community and to the local businesses involved in encouraging Tourists to visit the town.’
In a joint statement, Weymouth Town Council ward councillors including Cllr Pete Barrow, David Harris and David Gray said: “We welcome this announcement from Transpora. Having buses operate between the park and ride site and the town centre over the school holiday break means that both residents and visitors can make use of the service. It is something we have been pressing for as a town council for a long time and we would encourage people to use the bus wherever possible to help keep fewer cars off Weymouth’s road network during the busy summer season.”
Charlie Butler, Marketing and Communications Manager for Transpora said. ‘Buses will operate daily from Saturday 22nd July until Sunday 3rd September this year. They will start around 0800 and finish around 1830. Buses will run at frequent intervals and will drop customers right on the beach on Stand K8 at the Kings Statue.’
Charlie continued. ‘Customers do not pay for parking, they simply pay on the bus. For 5 people travelling together the price will be £6 to get there and back, this is much cheaper than parking for the same period. We will also accept concessionary fare passes going in both directions.’