Travel - Road, Rail, Ferries

Travel – Road rail and Ferry updates and major changes – also planning as this affects travel

04Mar 2017

  Travel and Transport News | March 2017   Double road cash for north Dorset Gillingham has secured £3.45m from the Government for roads infrastructure to support new homes and jobs. The funding will go towards improvements to the Enmore Green link road and junction upgrades on the B3081 Shaftesbury Road and B3092 New Road, providing […]

17Feb 2017

Visitors and residents should prepare for disruptions between the hours of 9.00 am till 4.00 pm, starting 20th February, as follows (below is copied from the DorsetforYou web site) : Repairs scheduled for town centre roads Posted on February 10, 2017 Author Dorset County Council No Comments on Repairs scheduled for town centre roads Five […]

16Jan 2017

  Travel and Transport News | January 2017 | Happy New Year   Remember – you can follow our gritting crews and get updates on all our gritting action on @TravelDorset.  So far this season we’ve carried out 21 runs and used 1,405 tonnes of salt on the network.   Bridge protection work We’ll be […]

16Dec 2016

  Travel and Transport News | December 2016   Pupils from Damers First School in Dorchester celebrated the opening of a new puffin crossing installed on Bridport Road. The crossing will help provide a safer route to school for pupils and their parents when the new school opens on Poundbury next year.   Gritting – […]

19Oct 2016

  Travel and Transport News | October, 2016   Our partnership with Hanson – over the past seven years – has amassed one million hours worked without a single reportable accident.  Quite an achievement.   Work on flooding hotspot Drainage improvement work has started on the West Stafford Bypass near Dorchester. It will take 16 […]

27Sep 2016

Travel and transport newsletter No excuse! Earlier this month we unexpectedly had to close the A352 at Holnest for emergency works. Three uprooted trees were leaning dangerously over the road and had to be immediately dealt with by our tree surgeons. We did our best to notify drivers of the closure but appreciate there was […]

07Sep 2016

Dorset Road Safe newsletter – edition 1 This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Dorset Alert (Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message) Message sent by Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and […]

03Sep 2016

Just 3 hours in and Weymouth Waterfest has been “isolated” from the rest of the World by traffic gridlock. It appears motorists have been left unaware that parking might be difficult and they would be well advised to use park-and-ride or alternative parking venues. The mind boggles as to how much worse it could have […]

30Jul 2016

Travel and transport newsletter Junction renewal given green light Work is underway to finalise the construction details for the renewal of Great Western Cross junction in Dorchester, as part of the DTEP improvements. There will be a few changes to vehicle movements at the new junction, which will vastly improve pedestrian safety. Construction is due […]

23May 2016

(The below is copied from Dorset for You web site and is for information only – please follow the links for more details) Disabled parking in Dorset Listen Information regarding the Blue Badge scheme, and disabled parking in car parks or on-street in Dorset. In car parks Information on disabled parking in council operated car […]

23May 2016

(The below is copied from Dorset for You web site and is for information only) On-street parking permits for Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Wimborne and Weymouth Listen Where residents parking schemes operate, resident and visitor permits are available by application Types of permit Dorset County Council operates a Residents parking […]

23May 2016

(The below is copied from the Dorset for you web site and is for information only) Parking permits for Weymouth and Portland car parks Listen Parking permit information for cars, coaches and lorries in Weymouth and Portland car parks. Apply for, and renew an existing car parking permit It is possible to purchase parking permits for […]

23May 2016

 (The below is copied from the Southwest Trains web site and is for information only) Home > About us > South West Trains News > South West Trains Summer Specials start 21 May – providing new direct links to Dorchester and Weymouth from £5 return South West Trains Summer Specials start 21 May – providing […]

27Feb 2016

Several weeks ago, one of our members received a letter from Condor Ferries Ltd stating that they were “dropping” our member as an “agent” because they had not been sufficiently effective in gaining ticket sales. There were several things wrong with that letter. Firstly, when our member approached Condor Ferries Ltd 8 years ago to […]

02Aug 2015

(this story is copied in part from Dorset Echo)  –  (Update May 2016 – Now possibly starting in 2017) A HIGH-SPEED ferry service from Weymouth to France to fill the gap left by Condor Ferries is still on track to start next year. Discussions are continuing behind the scenes between HighSpeedFerries and Weymouth and Portland […]

26Jul 2015

On street parking permits for Weymouth and Portland  Where residents parking schemes operate, resident and visitor permits are available by application From 1 July 2015, all on-street parking is now managed by Dorset County Council. This includes enforcement, queries and permits. For more information, please contact Dorset County Council on: Email: Tel: 01305 228110. A member  […]

09Jun 2015

Travel and transport newsletter – focus on highways Road condition We’ve generally seen an improving trend in our road condition but, having been unsuccessful in our bid to the DfT Challenge Fund, we have a small funding shortfall for maintaining this current condition throughout 2015/16. At the moment, 72% of A roads, 66% of B […]

20May 2015

A brief and somewhat irreverent history of Condor Ferries in Weymouth Prior to the arrival of Condor, Weymouth had been served by a number of vessels of Sealink Ltd, which itself had a slightly turbulent commercial history, between about 1948 and 1987. A number of vessels saw service from Weymouth at various times, including the […]

15May 2015

After several weeks delay for unspecificed reasons, the Condor Express vessel began preparations to leave, having been sold to a Greek ferry company – Seajets, where it will join “Champion Jet I” to sail between Piraeus, Rafina, Crete and the Cyclades. The vessel appeared to be leaving Weymouth Harbour, just before 3 pm Friday, 15th […]

28Apr 2015

Initially thought to be leaving in early April, the second Condor Ferries vessel is still moored in Weymouth. Apparently she is being delayed by “technical problems”, just 21 months after Condor returned to Weymouth (I guess everyone remembers the £4+million spent on repairing the Ferry Berth #3). We understand several guesthouse owners may be relieved […]

01Mar 2015

A member has reported to Police (several times over the years) about motorists apparently speeding along the Esplanade, particularly near Alexandra Gardens and  The Pavilion. It seems likely some potential offenders may be employess of Condor Ferries while others may be just bringing their dogs to the beach. In some cases, dog-owners appear very shortly […]

22Aug 2014

Just to give you an update on this.  Wednesday was a very busy day for obvious reasons but the media interest in the Condor issue the day before was amazing and Dave received numerous calls on this from the Echo, Radio Solent, BBC South, ITV West Country, View from etc.  He ended up doing a […]

14Jun 2013

The below is excerpted from the Dorset for You website and gives one pause for thought, in light of the events of 2015 – whereby Condor Ferries Ltd have pulled out of Weymouth because their newly purchased (second-hand) vessel is too large for the repaired Ferry Berth 3.   Management Committee – For Meeting to […]