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Commuters offered flexible savings on the buses

(February 28, 2009)

A NEW bus timetable comes into operation on Monday (2 March) on the service 24 and a new style bus ticket offers exceptional savings for someone working in Salisbury.

Those who travel regularly on the Warminster - Salisbury 24 service can now buy 10-journey tickets for just £20.

The tickets can be used as and when needed as there are no restriction on times.

“I think it is a great idea as a £20 ticket for the bus compares very well with the £37.60 the train company charges for a seven-day season,” said Steve Dancey, who worked in Salisbury between 1991 and 1997.

“The train used to be a much better option but First Great Western took the 6.05pm and the 6.20pm from Salisbury services off the timetable when they took over from Wessex Trains.

“This means that for those who work full days and finish at 5.30pm the earliest catchable train is now the 6.41pm which gets in at 7pm - making it a very long day.

“We are all being asked to use more public transport so this is some rare good news.

“Those with cars shouldn‘t dismiss the park and ride option either as the service from Wilton is cheap at £2 and offers saving in terms of parking and fuel.”

Other changes mean than some of the early and late buses will start and continue to Westbury while three journeys will take a slight diversion to Wylye.

The last bus from Warminster to Salisbury will divert on request via Sutton Veny - offering tipplers a chance of calling in at the The Woolpack.
The service is operated by Bodmans and supported by Wiltshire County Council.

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