WATAG General Meeting: 23 September 2021

We are holding our One Hundred and Fifteenth General Meeting at 6.30 pm on Thursday 23rd September 2021. 

The agenda will be: 

  1. Introductions and Apologies 
  2. Bus Matters, to include an update on the National Bus Strategy 
  3. Rail Matters, to include the South Western Railway Consultation on their December 2022 Timetable 
  4. Any Other Business, to include items raised by anyone 

Although we hope to return to the Bridport WI Hall in the near future, we have decided to stay with the virtual format for the time being.

This facility has been made available courtesy of Yeovil Railway Centre (You can visit their site here: http://www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com/ ) to whom we are most grateful.

The link to join the meeting, which will be hosted via Zoom, will be provided on request.


If you would like to table a question in advance, or make a statement – particularly useful if you are a public transport provider – please email these to: watag@hotmail.co.uk or phone our chairman, Bob Driscoll, on 01308 425518 or 07856 291891 (mobile). You can also make comment/ ask questions on the night, via the ‘chat bar’.

Change of stop in West Bay

https://www.firstbus.co.uk/wessex-dorset-south-somerset/news-and-service-updates/current-issues/x53-west-bay-temporary-bus-stop

Notice to Customers

Due to essential crane works taking place on George Street in West Bay:

Customers are required to go to the temporary bus stop, which is close to Nauticles Roundabout.

This applies to the following dates ONLY:

Monday 4th of October 2021

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Monday 8th of November 2021

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Thursday 18th of November 2021

(If required, customers can also look for directions to this stop, on the map situated in the bus stop on George Street)

WATAG News 5

We are pleased to issue the latest edition of WATAG News, where we highlight Dorset Council’s Bus Service Improvement Survey, easy ways to track your train and bus, updates on local bus and rail services as well as a comparison of public transport provision with our neighbours to the west!

If you are reading online you can click any of the links to take you to the websites mentioned.

Dorset Council Bus Survey

Dorset Council is asking for feedback for its Bus Service Improvement Plan.

“We would like to hear from both people who already use buses, and from those who currently do not and why.”

The deadline for the survey is 27th August 2021, so this is your chance to have your voice heard and to make a real contribution to improving bus services.

The survey is located here: https://bit.ly/3Cov5oi

Welcome

WATAG (Western Area Transport Action Group) exists to improve public transport in the Westernmost part of Dorset. It is a forum for passengers, bus companies, council officials and local councillors. WATAG meets once every 2 months in Bridport. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions no meetings have been held. WATAG plans meetings via Zoom, details to be announced.

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all our lives, and public transport has been severely affected; indeed it is probably fair to say that without Central Government and Local Authority support none of the conventional public transport services – rail and bus – would be operating at the moment.

NEWSLETTER – Click to download a pdf newsletter

WATAG News Issue 2 – December 2020.pdf 

WATAG News 2 - DEC 20

Previous issues are on our reports page

Please read our recent submission by WATAG to The Decline of Rural Buses – A Joint Inquiry by the County All Party Parliamentary Group and the County Councils Network (click below to download the pdf documents)

Download the WATAG minutes from the general meeting held in January:   

Minutes of the General Meeting 113 held January 23rd 2020.pdfMinutes of the AGM held January 23rd 2020.pdf

Please note that the Committee meet once a month usually on the first Tuesday when we plan future meetings deal with any correspondence and arrange participation at events, conferences and similar gatherings.
Should you have matters which are urgent and cannot wait until the next Public meeting please do not hesitate to contact us direct (by email: watag@hotmail.co.uk or by phone on any of the numbers listed on the “About WATAG” page)).