Travel News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Bus changes for Dorset start next week

A new-look bus network for Dorset stats on Monday, July 24. Dorset County Council has awarded new contracts for public and school transport services to save £1.5m from its public transport budget, as well as £850,000 on school transport. The council is subsidising... read more

Fire closes A303

A single storey building used as a café and shop was well alight, but the nearby petrol station was unaffected when Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to the fire alongside the A303 in Chicklade. The road was closed while fire and rescue carried... read more

Minister makes secret visit to new station site

A TransWilts train repainted in new GWR colours, carrying the Minister of Transport Paul Maynard made a secret ‘dummy whistle-stop’ at the proposed Wilton Parkway site this morning, Thursday, March 2. It was the first time a passenger train has stopped at the Wilton... read more

Still time for say on A303 Stonehenge

A chance to air views on proposals to improve the A303 past Stonehenge is still on offer. Consultation on the dualling scheme continues until March 5 for comment online at Project director Derek Parody said: “The... read more

Cashless taxis on the cards

Contactless payment with credit and debit cards when taking a taxi in Salisbury is now on the cards. No longer must you make sure you have cash when you hail a taxi from All the Sevens taxi company. The first cab company in Salisbury to operate contactless card... read more

Schools speed limit planned

Wiltshire schools are being encouraged to apply for 20mph zones on public roads alongside their property. Any school with an up-to-date travel plan can bid for funding through area boards and the ‘Taking Action on School Journeys’ fund.  It won’t benefit all schools,... read more

Temporary Closure of main route A3094

Wiltshire Council has issued a Temporary Closure notice affecting all traffic using the A3094 (Part), from Quidhampton, Wilton, and Netherhampton to Salisbury, from the A36 to its junction with Upper Street, Harnham. The closure starts on February 13, daily between... read more

Woman named after fatal collision on A303

The 28-year-old woman driver, who died in a road acccident on the A303 near Stonehenge on the evening of Tuesday, December 27, was named by Wiltshire Police as Natasha Bland from Basingstoke. Natasha’s family said:  “It is with the greatest sadness that... read more

Lorry hits power cable

By Fanny Charles A waste lorry hit a power cable in on the controversial C13 road in Melbury Abbas and brought it down, closing the road until an electricity board team arrived to repair the cable. Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish Council chairman William Kenealy told... read more

Fatal collision on A36 – witnesses sought

Police are calling for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A36 at Steeple Langford, near Salisbury, at approximately 3:25 yesterday afternoon, Monday, October 10. A Ford Fiesta travelling south collided with a Mercedes Sprinter van travelling north. The... read more

A30 improvements in Salisbury

Work to improve safety at the A30 London Road/Barrington Road junction in Salisbury is due to start on October 17. Several collisions during the past 10 years bring changes to the signal phasing, and a right turn lane from the A30 into Barrington Road will be... read more

Footpath closed

Additional repair work to the Jubilee Fields Footpath and riverbank at Gillingham start on October 10 for three weeks. The footpath will be closed between the footbridge at  Caterbridge Way and Wavering Lane West, but may be re-opened at weekends outside contractors’... read more

Tragic cyclist named

The cyclist hit by a Green Honda Jazz travelling up ‘Snakey Hill’ also known as Camp Hill, near Salisbury, on Thursday, August 18, has been formally identified as Steven Male, aged 57, from Wilton. He was air-lifted to Southampton General Hospital but died... read more

Main road closed

Wiltshire Council has issued a notice of a temporary closure to all traffic of part of the A345 Salisbury Road to Amesbury, from its junction with Mill Road to its junction with C350 Salisbury Street. It is anticipated that the closure will be required for one evening... read more

Bus cuts consultation

Dorset County Council wants residents’ views on a more flexible transport network to meet local needs and reduce costs. The council’s budget for public and school transport is around £10million, but the council says it must reduce its transport budget by... read more

Two companies shortlisted for South Western rail franchise

Two train operators have been shortlisted for the next South Western franchise. The Department for Transport has announced the two train companies shortlisted for the South Western franchise competition, after submitting an Expression of Interest. It also includes the... read more

Cuts in rural bus services under review

Dorset County Council and Wiltshire Council are reviewing their bus contracts providing public and school transport. In Dorset,  contracts awarded under the T102 tender for passenger transport services from July to September 2011 provide most of the main home to... read more

Local travel agent reports holiday booming bookings

Salisbury-based travel agent Sam Peters says record holiday bookings this January mean more people than ever plan to trip away, making the most of the favourable euro exchange rate and escaping the UK’s cold and unpredictable weather. Sam runs her own home-based... read more

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