Damory’s special bus service for passengers stranded in Blandford
Damory Coaches sent a bus to the rescue after the passengers were left stranded in Blandford on their way to medical appointments in Dorchester.
Hilary Townsend caught a Damory bus from her home in Stalbridge to Blandford expecting to take the 183 service on to Dorchester.
But she said the driver had arrived a few minutes late after being delayed getting to Stalbridge.
She said: “The driver valiantly tried to make up the time and as we approached the Market Place in Blandford he advised another passenger with a similar appointment to mine to get off and run to the bus stop.”
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Their dash down the road was in vain as they saw the 183 already pulling away.
Miss Townsend added: “It was an awful feeling seeing that bus disappearing.”
They went back to the first bus where another passenger used a mobile phone to contact Damory and ask for help.
To her delight, the company sent a school bus to take the two stranded customers to Dorchester.
Miss Townsend said: “We were so relieved. We had been getting in a bit of a flap about it but in the end we got to Dorchester with time to spare for our appointments.
“It was really good of Damory to do that. We were very pleased.”
Simon Newport, general manager for Damory Coaches, said: “It was one of those unfortunate occasions where, despite the driver’s best efforts, he could not make up enough time to help his passengers make the connection.
“On receiving a call from our driver who did not want to leave his passengers stranded we felt compelled to give them VIP treatment as fortunately we had a bus and driver on standby.”