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Travel Information


Dorset Travel & Transport Newsletter

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Proposed Road Closures

Proposed Road Closure, The Manor Buckland Newton to Church View Buckland Newton, 27th July to 8th August.  Wessex Water is proposing to close this stretch of road to carry out water mains work.  Click here for full details and a map, including diversion route. Church Culvert, Buckland Newton - Maintenance Work Unfortunately, owing to staff shortage this work has been postponed for one week.  It is now planned to start on Monday 3 August 2020. Masonry repairs and invert repairs to Church Culvert are planned to start on Monday 27 July 2020.  Two weeks have been allowed for completion of the work.  The work will be carried out by one of Dorset Council’s highways construction teams.  Most of the work will be carried out off the carriageway.  However, so that the work may be carried out safely, the road over the bridge may at times during the work, for example when offloading materials or equipment, be subject to short term traffic management. Road Closure B3143 Alton Pancras It is proposed to remove a small culvert on the B3143 in Alton Pancras and replace it with pre-cast concrete culvert units. To allow the works to be carried out safely, it is proposed that a small section of the B3143 be closed to vehicular traffic at Alton Pancras (see road closure map). The road closure is proposed to begin on 24 August 2020 and end on 02 October 2020. The road will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the closure period. No night time or weekend access will be permitted. We are currently investigating the possibility of safely accommodating pedestrian movements around or through the works.  Due to Wessex Water’s closures on other sections of the B3143 and the grain harvest season, it is not possible to start the works earlier, however to reduce disruption we will aim to open the road with traffic restrictions (i.e. temporary traffic signals) as soon as it is safe to do so. It is proposed to utilise two diversion routes during the closure with separate diversions for light traffic and HGV traffic.  It is noted that the Ironman triathlon utilises the route on 20 September 2020, the road will be usable for this date, however it will not be reopened to the public at this point.

Dorset Council re-instates charges in their car parks but on a

‘no cash’ basis only.

Click here for a link to a news release about the message for any potential visitors or

day trippers thinking of coming to Dorset as a result of the government easing of

lockdown restrictions.  Please note also that car parking charges have been re-instated

at most Council car parks, but that payment must be by Smartphone - cash will not be


Salt/Grit for icy conditions and Sandbags

Salt/Grit bins are available outside the Village Hall and close to the Church. In case of

flooding, the village now has a supply of sandbags. If you are unlucky enough to require

use of these at some time in the future please contact Doug Morse on 01300 345707 to

find out how to obtain sandbags.  The village Flood Warden is Doug Morse (tel: 01300

345707) or e-mail floodwarden@sky.com

Bus Passes

More information at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/bus/national-bus-


Parking Permits

Those of us lucky enough to have a car to get around often get exasperated when we

haven't enough small change for the fee.  Did you know that there is a Shopper's Permit

which allows 2 hours parking, or three hours if a disabled badge is also displayed,

(limited to one use a day) in several short stay car parks  in West Dorset – Dorchester,

Sherborne, Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis? You need to look on the board at the

entrance  to make sure the permit is allowed,  These permits are available from the

tourist office but you need to take the car's registration document along with you.  You

can also now purchase or renew a permit online at


Permits are priced from £16 for one vehicle or £18.50 for two vehicles for each six

month period.  The website has been designed to work on smartphones, tablets and

desktops, enabling you to carry out transactions at a time and place that suits you. The

fully automated service will also send you a reminder when your permit is due to expire.

     Buckland Newton Parish Council
in the heart of rural Dorset