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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Considerations:

  • Throughout the pandemic, we kindly ask all passengers to wear a face covering at all times onboard (unless exempt), irrespective of whether the current guidance is mandatory or voluntary
  • We are continuing to offer our PlusBus services during this time to enable isolated residents to make essential journeys.
  • We are still taking bookings in the usual way – our Bookings Line is operational as normal. (See “How do I book?” Below)
  • To help maintain social distancing onboard, we have introduced reduced capacities on each minibus but continue to fulfil all journeys.
  • Please do not hesitate to enquire further. You can call us on 01258 287980 (between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays) or email us at dorset@ectcharity.co.uk.

 

What is PlusBus and can I use it?

Our PlusBus service provides transport for people who are unable to easily access public transport: young or old and including those with mobility difficulties. To use PlusBus, simply register your details with us initially and then pre-book your seat whenever you wish to join the bus. Where possible, we can offer a “door-to-door” service and can also accommodate passengers travelling in wheelchairs.

Where and when can I travel?

Our PlusBus service offers a weekday trip from neighbouring villages to local destination towns, arriving approximately 10am and departing approximately 1pm. Please click on the relevant link below for detail on our current routes to and from:

We are always looking to improve and trial new PlusBus services. Services could run fortnightly or monthly, and we could consider alternating the destination or day of travel according to suggested preferences.

How do I book?

Call us on 01258 287980 (between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays) or email us at dorset@ectcharity.co.uk. Once registered, trips can be booked up to one month in advance but no later than 2.30pm the previous working day. Please see below for information about bookings around the Bank Holidays.

Do you run on Bank Holidays? What happens over Christmas?

PlusBus does not run on Bank Holidays or any time during the 9-day period from and including Christmas Eve to and including New Year’s Day. As our bookings line is closed during these times, you will need to take note of the deadlines below for booking travel.

Upcoming Bank Holidays 2022

If you want to travel on:

You need to book by 2.30pm on:

Friday 15 April
Monday 18 April

Tuesday 19 April

Thursday 14 April

Monday 2 May

Tuesday 3 May

Friday 29 April

Thursday 2 June (Revised Spring Bank Holiday)
Friday 3 June (Queen’s Platinum Jubilee)

Tuesday 7 June

Monday 6 June

Monday 29 Aug

Tuesday 30 Aug

Friday 26 Aug

Monday 26 Dec
Tuesday 27 Dec

Tuesday 3 Jan 2022

Friday 23 Dec 2022

(Office will be closed from Mon 26 December 2022 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2023)

How much does it cost?

As from 2022, our fixed return fare is £7. We continue to accept the National Bus Pass. Simply present your valid bus pass to the driver each time you travel! Please note that pass holders will still need to register with us (for free!) and pre-book each journey in the usual way.

How is PlusBus funded?

We do not receive any direct subsidy for our PlusBus service – we provide it as part of our charitable objectives and public benefit to help improve transport opportunities to individuals within the community.

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