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Popular RSPB Arne summer shuttle bus returns to Purbeck

A shuttle bus service is returning for a second trial period to transport nature lovers to and from the popular RSPB Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset.

From 2 May through to the 30 August 2023, the registered ‘2RN’ service (to Arne) will take passengers from Wareham Station to the RSPB Arne Nature Reserve. It will also run from the Purbeck Park, which includes the ‘Park and Ride’ and Norden Park link for the Swanage Railway service.

The service is generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Purbeck Community Rail Partnership, and operated by Dorset Community Transport. This is part of a two-year trial, in which it is hoped that the local community and visitors will show support for the service to become permanent and economically viable.

The new service has been made more accessible to holidaymakers around Purbeck, with the addition of a new stop at Norden Farm campsite, as well as the existing Lookout and Ridge Farm stops. The 2RN service will also complement local walking routes and cycle hires for visitors staying within the region.

Steven Booth, Community Rail Officer for the Purbeck CRP, said: “Last year’s trial showed the service to be of great benefit to those who want to leave the car behind, or those who are otherwise not able to get to the reserve. Using this bus service provides a sustainable public transport link from Wareham Station to the RSPB Arne Reserve, which has many environmental benefits; including reducing the number of cars on the road, lowering carbon emissions, and further helping to protect Dorset’s special nature.

“This year’s trial service will be key to understanding if the shuttle bus has the potential to expand beyond the summer months and run for future years to come, so the RSPB is encouraging everyone to use it! There’s no booking needed – just step onboard, enjoy the journey, and experience the outstanding scenery.”

Click here to view the full 2RN service timetable.

You can keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from Purbeck CRP via their website.