A NEW information kiosk on Weymouth seafront is planned to help bus users this summer.
The 6 square meter building would be open from 9am to 5pm all week and weekends for First Bus – located between two existing bus shelters on the beach side of the Esplanade.
An officer’s letter with the planning request indicates that improving services for passengers and potential bus users is essential to increasing bus use, as well as improving existing services and networks.
“As Weymouth emerges from another winter badly affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, the summer of 2022 will be crucial for the recovery of the local economy.
“As Weymouth’s main bus operator, First has always sought constructive partnerships with local authorities and we are proud of the productive and collaborative relationship we have with Dorset Council, Weymouth City Council and other local authorities. of our network.
“We are keenly aware and proud of the crucial role that bus services play, both for local people and our visitors, and we are delighted at the opportunity to continue to build on these achievements and help our beautiful piece of the world to emerge strong from the pandemic,” a statement read.
A similar First proposal was put forward by First last year, but the company later withdrew its application.
The company says kiosk staff will be able to provide real-time updates on services, information on bus times, ticket options, places to visit and more – helping to plan improving Dorset’s bus services which includes targets to increase bus use by 5% by 2025 and 15% by 2030 from 2019/20 levels.
“Making the buses as easy to use as possible will be crucial to meeting and exceeding these goals and the kiosk will play an important role here. Especially considering the influx of visitors to Weymouth each summer, who will not necessarily be familiar with the local bus network,’ the request told Dorset Council.
The kiosk is intended for use from February to October only and will be removed during the winter months.