D1 bus service between Warminster and Salisbury will no longer run

A BUS service between Warminster and Salisbury will no longer run from the end of the month.

The current provider, First West of England, has advised Wiltshire Council that because this element of the route is financially unsustainable, it will be altering its D1 bus service from January 30.

This means First West of England will no longer run the service between Warminster and Salisbury.

Wiltshire Council is currently arranging for a different bus company to provide an alternative service that can serve the villages along the A36 and provide a connection with the D1 buses at Warminster.

The timetable for this new service, it said, should be available in mid-January.

The council says it will continue to cater for the needs of the students and commuters that use this service.

First West of England will continue to run the D1 bus service linking Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon and Bath every hour on a similar timetable to that currently in operation, but the additional fast, peak-hour journeys numbered D1x that were introduced experimentally 18 months ago will no longer run.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We know this particular route is important to people and having no service will adversely impact their daily lives. Therefore, we’re doing everything we can to get a new provider in quickly to fill that gap and ensure there is no disruption for people.”

In November, Wiltshire submitted its plan to the government to improve bus services and increase usage throughout the county.

This is part of the government’s National Bus Strategy for England that, in February 2020, confirmed £5bn of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside of London.

Through its Bus Service Improvement Plan, Wiltshire Council has outlined its ambition on how it will spend allocated funding.

This includes providing more subsidised services, enhanced infrastructure, simplified ticketing and bus priority throughout the county.

To view the improvement plan visit Wiltshire Council’s website.

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