Ticket to ride to nature reserve

A SHUTTLE bus taking rail passengers from Wareham to the RSPB Arne Nature Reserve will run again this year.
The 2RN service, from the town train station, will be on offer from May 2 until December 3.

It will also run from the Purbeck Park, which includes the ‘Park and Ride’ and Norden Park link for the Swanage Railway service.

The RSPB said a trial last year showed the service benefited those who cannot access a car and otherwise who wouldn’t be able to get to the reserve.

The latest trial will help establish if the route is viable for future years – and could be expanded beyond the summer months.

The service is supported with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and operated by Dorset Community Transport.

This year, the service will also stop at Norden Farm campsite, as well as the existing Lookout and Ridge Farm stops.

Rachel Martin, RSPB Hyde’s Heath project officer, said: “We’re delighted to offer the shuttle bus for a second year’s trial period.

“This is a valuable service for those who can’t drive or don’t have access to a car to be able to come and visit RSPB Arne this summer.

“Whether visitors choose to leave their cars at home, don’t have access to a vehicle or prefer the freedom of a bus link while holidaying in Dorset this summer – we hope our Service 2RN will enable more people to enjoy RSPB Arne’s fun nature trails, wonderful wildlife and stunning views.

“With the nature and climate emergency on everyone’s agenda, we are also very aware that our visitors are looking to reduce traffic and carbon emissions by choosing public transport, and we’re thrilled to be able to help.”
The 2RN routes will serve: Wareham train/bus station, Wareham town, Stoborough Lookout, Ridge (Sunnyside), Norden Farm and Purbeck Park.

The bus will be operated by Dorset Community Transport using one of its ‘little green buses’.

Tim Christian, general manager at Dorset Community Transport, said: “We are excited to be part of this pilot project for a second year. It demonstrates community transport’s role in providing local, affordable and integrated services.

“We are working to demonstrate the case for alternative and sustainable transport solutions, part of the shift from car dependency.”

Single fares are £2 per adult and £1 for under-19s per journey. National Concessionary Passes are accepted.

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