Dorset

Weymouth relief road buses suspended over speed fears

Bincombe junction
Image caption Companies say the junction is unsafe for buses

Bus companies using the Weymouth Relief Road have suspended some services over safety fears.

They claim traffic at the new Bincombe junction is too fast for slow-moving buses to pull out safely.

South West Coaches' Michael Adams said: "It is a risk to the travelling public, our drivers and other road users."

Dorset County Council says it is safe and is funding a replacement shuttlebus service until a permanent solution is found.

The suspension affects bus routes between Broadwey, Upwey and Dorchester

The £89m Weymouth Relief Road opened in March, carries about 35,000 vehicles every day and is aimed at improving journey times between Weymouth and Dorchester.

It is hoped the road will ease traffic during the Olympic 2012 sailing events, which will be held in the coastal towns of Weymouth and Portland.

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