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Electric powered buses begin operation in Dorset

A new bus service operated by Dorset CC and supported by the Duchy of Cornwall and West Dorset district council will provide a new link between the centre of Dorchester and Poundbury. The number 6 will run from Monday to Saturday between Poundbury’s Queen Mother square and the railway station in Dorchester south. The stops in between will include Trinity Street and Dorset County Hospital.

This will provide a great new link by giving residents a regular service to the shops in the town centre, the hospital and their workplaces, as well as connecting with the rail service to London. The number 6 service, which will be operating low level diesel buses until the end of 2011, and will then change to a fully electric service in the New Year, which will be the first in the South West.

Earlier in 2011, the Dept for Transport awarded the county and district councils £166,000 to help them in the purchase of two electric powered buses, and these be used to provide a service with zero carbon emissions. These clean and green machines from Optare, the British manufacturer, will be first used at the beginning of 2012, when their latest model with an extended battery range, will be available for use.

The Cabinet member for transport and highways from Dorset CC is Peter Finney, and he has said that they are delighted to be working in partnership with the Duchy of Cornwall and West Dorset District Council to create this great new service for the residents of Poundbury.



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