Popular RSPB Arne shuttle bus returns for summer season

May 17, 2023

Popular RSPB Arne shuttle bus returns for summer season image
Regular 2RN driver Gary Joynson with Rachel Martin, Project Officer, RSPB

The 2RN bus service, which connects Wareham with the RSPB Nature Reserve at Arne, has returned for the summer, perfectly timed for the forthcoming Springwatch filming at the site. This year’s service follows a successful trial last year.

“RSPB Arne is a beautiful spot in the heart of the Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve” said Rachel Martin, Project Officer at the RSPB. “The 2RN bus provides a valuable service for those who don’t drive or have access to a car to get to us. With the rail links and campsite connections it is a convenient and cost-effective alternative for locals and tourists to choose to travel car free. And if you have a bus pass, it’s free! Why not enjoy the journey, reduce congestion and choose a more sustainable way to travel within this wildlife rich area”.

The service will run for four months from now through to the end of August and operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, up to four times a day. In addition to serving Wareham railway station, it will also provide a connection between Arne and the Swanage Railway Park and Ride. The minibus service, which is also fully accessible for people with mobility difficulties, is delivered by Dorset Community Transport as part of the RSPB Hyde’s Heath project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.    

“We’re delighted that the 2RN has returned to RSPB Arne for the summer” said Tim Christian, General Manager at Dorset Community Transport. “We think that the 2RN will greatly benefit visitors to this popular tourist area and we’ve made sure that each service is timed to make good connections with trains at Wareham.”

Full details about the service, including timetables and ticket prices, can be found here.