Transport Report April

Easter holidays for Dorset Schools are from Friday 2 April until Friday 16 April.


The Maiden Newton Ring and Ride service (01305 228965), run by Dorset Council’s passenger services, to Dorchester on Tuesdays and Thursdays is still running during lockdown. Due to Covid restrictions on the number of passengers, there may have to be two buses on the service. The first bus leaves Maiden Newton Old School at 1000, returning from Trinity Street at 1300 and the second at 10.45 returning at 1345. Ring before 15.00 on Monday or Wednesday to book and to learn of the bus service to which you have been allocated. These buses will start from Cattistock Square by request at booking. Fares £2.50 single £5 return.

Dorset Community Transport (01258 287980), a private company, also offer 2 services from Maiden Newton each week and a third twice a month. To use any of these services you must be registered with the Company and then book your seat, and arrange your pick up point, before 1430 on the day before you want to travel. Each adult return fare is £6 on all 3 services. DCT now accepts the national concessionary bus passes.
Every Wednesday to Dorchester The bus, from Broadwindsor to Dorchester, passes through Maiden Newton about 10.00. The return service leaves Trinity Street at 13.20. Ring by 14.30 on Tuesdays to book your seat and confirm your pick up point.

Thursdays 8 and 22 April to Yeovil The bus leaves the Dorchester Road stop at 09.32, a the War Memorial at 09.34 and Cattistock at 9.39. The drop off point is close to M&S and the return service leaves from the same place at 12.30. Book by 14.30 on Wednesday and confirm your pick up point. Pickups can be arranged at Frome St Quintin or Evershot.

Every Friday to Bridport The bus leaves the War Memorial at 09.15 and the return service leaves Bridport about 12.30. Book by 14.30 on Thursdays and confirm your pick up point.


TRAINS GWR are presently maintaining the full advertised service but there may have to be cancellations due to COVID-19 staff absences. Please check before you plan to travel.
From Maiden Newton to Dorchester and Weymouth
Monday to Friday
0757 1037 1138 1336 1643 1837 1943 2242
Saturdays Sundays
0753 1032 1135 1335 1635 1843 1935 2242 1017 1130 1525 1937 2243
From Maiden Newton to Yeovil, Westbury. Bath and Bristol
Monday to Friday
0552 0707 0914 1140 1338 1526 1748 2040
Saturdays Sundays
0704 0912 1136 1336 1521 1754 2045 1131 1434 1635 1819 2034

Engineering Work Friday 2 – Monday 5 April Buses replace trains between Yeovil Pen Mill and Westbury and between Castle Cary and Taunton. 18- 25 April buses replace trains between Westbury and Bath Spa. Check the train times from Maiden Newton if you plan to travel.

Country Cars
Rachael Clark (01300 320065) continues to take the bookings requesting help with transport to the surgery, hospital appointments, dentists or opticians or attend COVID Vaccinations at Bridport.

If you are interested in becoming a Country Car Driver, please contact Sally Falkingham for more details and application forms on 01300 320969.
Sally Falkingham Maiden Newton & Frome Valley Parish Councils Transport Representative.