Transport News – May 2020


The Maiden Newton Ring and Ride service (01305 228965), run by Dorset Council’s passenger services, to Dorchester on Tuesdays and Thursdays has been suspended until lockdown has finished. Any one who needs to get to Dorchester for an emergency is asked to ring the service number and they will try to help.

Dorset Community Transport (01258 287980), are still operating all services if bookings have been made at least 48 hours in advance. The seating has been rearranged to provide the necessary distances between passengers.

Wednesdays to Dorchester The bus, from Broadwindsor to Dorchester, passes through Maiden Newton about 1000.

Thursday 7 May to Yeovil The bus leaves the Dorchester Road stop at 0932 and the War Memorial at 0934. The drop off point is close to M&S and the return service leaves from the same place at 1230.

Fridays to Bridport The bus leaves the War Memorial at 0915 and the return service leaves Bridport about 1230.


TRAINS from Maiden Newton

The emergency timetable published by GWR and introduced on March 23 showed no changes for our route but there was a warning that cancellations might have to be made if there were a shortage of staff available. This has been happening so check before you plan to travel.

Looking at the National Rail web site on 18 April their Journey Planner shows that for the week starting 20 April the service is reduced

Trains to Weymouth are only 1038 1642 and 19 43

Trains to Yeovil and beyond 0707 1134 and 1746

Weeks starting 27 April and beyond

Normal service planned at present.


Rachel Clark (01300 320065) continues to take the bookings requesting help with transport to confirmed surgery or hospital appointments.

Some of our volunteers are continuing to take patients to the Pound Piece surgery or the hospital for any appointments which have not been cancelled. National guidelines are being followed. Patients have to sit on the back seat behind the empty front seat and be able to get into or out of the car without help.

Please try to give at least 48 hours notice.

Sally Falkingham Maiden Newton and Frome Valley Parish CouncilsTransport Representative