SUMMER RAIL BOOST FOR WEYMOUTH
With summer now on its way on the Dorset coast its easier than ever for those heading to the beach at weekends and bank holidays this summer!
New services are being introduced by South Western Railway that will bring in extra direct trains to the pearl of the Jurassic Coast and its award winning beach.
It will be running services to both Weymouth and Dorchester with trains from Yeovil, Sherborne, Gillingham Tisbury and Salisbury.
Trains leaving these stations would normally mean having to change at Yeovil so the direct link makes it more attractive and simpler for passengers.
These services will run on Saturdays and bank holidays between 26th May and 8th September.
This should mean 300 extra seats from Yeovil Pen Mill to Weymouth on the Heart of Wessex line.
For the first time stops at Maiden Newton, Chetnole, Yetminster and Thornford will be included these stations have always been serviced by First Great Western on their route from Bristol Weymouth. Now residents will be able to take advantage of the new South Western Railway schedule too.
Tickets for the service are now available at just £5 return!
The local Weymouth BID group say: “Any initiative that provides and encourages traffic-free access to visitors can only be a positive thing for Weymouth.”
LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN
Areas of North Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire will now have better access to the seaside allowing direct door to door beach style days out.
Using five car trains and sporting new livery the services should provide plenty of extra seating for the days out.
Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy for South Western Railway, said: “Our new summer Saturday trains provide an attractive, value for money alternative to congested roads and traffic jams. A family of four will be able to get to Weymouth and back for as little as £15. The station café at Yeovil Junction will also be open, providing refreshments whilst the train stops there. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our first passengers on board this Saturday.”
Weymouth at the heart of the Jurassic coast offers visitors a long curving sandy beach with a backdrop of Regency buildings, a pretty harbour and it is flat easy walking around the town. Boat trips, donkey rides and many events are held on the beach or in and around the town throughout the summer season.