Dial-A-Bus (Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester)

What does it do?

Dial-A-Bus offers you a specially adapted bus and trained staff to collect you from your front door and take you to Weymouth or Dorchester town centre.
Area 1 is Portland
Area 2 covers the outskirts of Weymouth, including Upwey, Broadwey, Preston, Overcombe, Chickerell and Wyke Regis
Area 3 is central Weymouth
Area 4 covers the villages of Stratton, Charminster, Charlton Down, Broadmayne, Crossways and dwellings en route to Dorchester, but outside of the boundary provided by the Dorchester bypass.
Area 5 is the area within the boundary provided by the Dorchester bypass.

Who it is for?

For elderly and disabled people who find it difficult to use existing transport services.

Where it is available?

Local service (West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland).

What it costs:

The first passenger contribution which you pay will include a 'one-off' charge of £1 which is a joining fee to help cover some of the initial administration costs.
The cost of your journey will vary depending on where you live:
Area 1: £1.50 single and £3 return to Weymouth town centre
Area 2: £1.25 single and £2.50 return to Weymouth town centre
Area 3: £1 single and £2 return to Weymouth town centre
Area 4: £1.25 single and £2.50 return to Weymouth town centre
Area 5: £1 single and £2 return to Weymouth town centre
Weymouth to Dorchester: £1.50 single and £3 return

How to access or apply for it:

To join the Dial-A-Bus scheme you need to contact Dorset Direct on 01305 221059 and give details of your needs.

What to expect then:

Dorset Direct will then send you an application form to join the scheme which must be signed by your GP or other professional carer.
You will then return the completed application form to Dorset Direct and once it has been processed you will be able to make your first booking.
You can book your journey by telephoning Dorset Direct on 01305 221059 between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Monday to Friday. Bookings will be accepted on a 'first come, first served' basis, and should be made by 3.00pm on the day before you wish to travel.

Additional information:

Genuine personal escorts are welcome to travel providing they board, and alight, at the same place as the passenger they are accompanying. All passengers, and their escorts, will be required to make an equal contribution towards the running costs of the scheme.
Weymouth: The bus will collect you from your home between 10.30am and 11.30am and will take you to Weymouth town centre on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The return journey will depart from the town centre at 1pm and 2pm as required. Weymouth residents can also travel to Dorchester on the first Wednesday of the month.
Dorchester: The bus will collect you from your home between 10.45am and 11.45am and will take you to Dorchester town centre on Wednesday. The return journey will depart from the town centre at around 1.45 pm. Areas served are Dorchester town within the Dorchester By-pass (area 5) and villages around Dorchester from Crossways to the East, Charlton Down to the north and Charminster in the west (area 4).

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Info last updated:

04/05/2011