Travel News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Free family travel for half-term

Two free train tickets are on offer when children are travelling with adults who buy a promotional Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak ticket. South Western Railway (SWR) offers free children’s travel to any destination on its network during Off-Peak hours in its...

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French visit goes ahead – Brexit or not

The French exchange visit from Le Neubourg to Gillingham is on track and the 58 visitors arrive at Orchard Park at about 6.30pm on Friday, June 7, after visiting Windsor. Coaches for a trip to Beaulieu on Saturday leave Gillingham at 9.30am and return at about 5.30pm....

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A Celebration of Summer Bounty

Curators of gastronomic adventures, Sorn, have teamed up with Roth Bar & Grill to present an exclusive outdoor feast in the woods of the Fonthill Estate. A Celebration of Summer Bounty from Field, Forest and Fire is a summer lunch celebrating seasonal and...

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Swapping could beat shopping

‘Swap it’ is the new way to save, according to latest marketing experts. In 2019, swapping is the newest travel trend, so swap what you have for what you don’t have. Swap Shop has moved on since the iconic TV show from the 70s and 80s. Great bargain swapping sites...

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Up, Up and away

Passengers at Southampton Airport shared a special cake on March 19 to celebrate 25,000 flights to Amsterdam with Flybe. To mark the day, the airport operators and Flybe presented a travel voucher to lucky passenger, Natalie Barton, who was the 25th person to book the...

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Best mates sail the seven seas

By Viktor Berg Gillingham resident Tom Dymond-Andrews met James Haggett in Year7 at Sexeys School, Bruton. Now the two 27-year-olds have sailed the Atlantic, crossed the Pacific and currently are navigating the Indian Ocean on their way to the infamous Red Sea. Since...

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Travel company teams up with Gregg Wallace

Salisbury-based special interest travel company Authentic Adventures and media personality Gregg Wallace, known for co-hosting MasterChef, are launching a range of Italian food holidays. An expert designed the tours, inspired by Gregg’s love of Italy and passion for...

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Car parking charges increased

Car parking charges will be increased from August 1 at Salisbury District Hospital. Short-term parking for up to two hours will continue to be in line with normal local city centre parking rates, according to Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Patients and visitors can...

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More Stones bypass consultations

Three changes are proposed to the Stonehenge/A303, Amesbury and Berwick Down scheme, and Highways England wants public views on them. The plan is to remove the link between Byways 11 and 12 in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site; to widen the green bridge near the...

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Free parking in Amesbury

Free parking in Amesbury started yesterday (July 9) until further notice. All council-run car parks in Amesbury (Central and Church Street) and Salisbury will be free from midday on weekdays, and free all day on Saturday and Sunday. The five park and ride sites that...

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Six-a-side kicks off

New community football club for city.  A chance to fly to Germany on holiday, and benefit charities too, is on offer from a new community six-a- side football competition ready for kick off in Salisbury. The league – run by Leisure Leagues, provider of small-sided...

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Peak time traffic control for Cathedral

From July 2, until the end of September, Salisbury Cathedral’s regular Summer one-way system helps to manage the high number of visitors and holiday traffic in The Close during the peak season. The one-way system is from Monday to Friday between 12noon and 5pm, when...

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Hidden speed camera revealed

A speed camera switched off five years ago because it was hidden behind a hedge is now working again – after the hedge was removed. The camera was shut down in 2013 at Charlton Marshall, near Blandford, Dorset.. Now the 19-year-old camera has started to ‘work again’...

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City free parking extended

From Monday, May 14, Wiltshire Council run car parks in Salisbury will be free from midday on weekdays, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. The five park and ride sites are also free. According to the council, responding to local consultations, all-day free car...

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One-way traffic system ‘not viable’

Potential problems created by a one-way system would be greater than any benefits it may provide for town centre traffic, Warminster's Traffic System Working Group has decided. The group was set up by the town council in September, 2017, to explore need,...

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Planned roadworks: weekly summary

A303 Bullington to Micheldever, Hampshire: drainage work between M3 and A303. Lane 2 east and westbound carriageways closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, Monday, April 16 for two weeks (Monday to Friday only). A303 Barton Stacey, Hampshire: safety barrier repairs to...

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Planned roadworks weekly summary

Monday, April 9 to Sunday, April 15 Dorset A35 Chideock: drainage works Traffic signals at Chideock, Monday to Friday until  May 4.  Drivers advised to plan ahead for journeys. Somerset A303 Ilminster bypass: resurfacing Eastbound and westbound carriageways closed...

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Traffic wardens target householders

Now that parking is free in Salisbury’s city centre, traffic wardens appear to be moving into residential areas to ply their trade. Former Salisbury mayor Paul Sample earned a £70 fine from a sharp-eyed parking inspector after his former worship failed to tell...

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City parking to be free

Parking charges in Salisbury from Saturday, March 24, have been lifted to help support local businesses during the current crisis Wiltshire Council has postponed charges in city car parks in response to feedback from local businesses who said the measure was needed to...

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Planned roadworks weekly round-up

M3 junctions 5 Hook to 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: resurfacing. M3 southbound closed from junction 5 to junction 6 overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday, February 19, diversion via the A30 London Road.  Works restart on Monday, February 26. M3 junction 6...

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Tunnel vision

Plans for the controversial Stonehenge tunnel on the A303 go on public display today, February 8. Highways England’s plans for the improved A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down are on show at a series of public consultation events until April 6. It’s the first time...

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M5 in Somerset closed

The M5 between junction 26 (Wellington) and junction 25 (Taunton) is expected to remain closed throughout this afternoon and into the evening following a serious incident. Highways England is advising drivers to consider delaying their journeys or use alternative...

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Planned roadworks weekly summary

Monday February 12 to Sunday, February 18 M27 junctions 3 to 4 Southampton: resurfacing sections of east and westbound carriageways continues. M27 eastbound closed from junction 3 to junction 5 overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Wednesday, February 14 (Monday to...

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Leisure Centre is on line for car plug-ins

Trees may get the chop to make way for electric vehicle re-charging points. Downton Leisure Centre could become a place for people to recharge their personal energy batteries - and those on their electric cars. Instavolt, an electric vehicle company, are proposing to...

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