Welcome To Wessex

Wessex is encompassed by three motorways, the M3 running south-west from London to Southampton, the M4 running west from London to Bristol, and the M5 running south-west from Bristol to Exeter. These three motorways provide immediate road access from all parts of Britain and to the entire Wessex region.

Within its “motorway box” Wessex offers an extensive network of roads ranging from divided highways to country lanes. Heavily built-up areas are few and far between. Road congestion is the exception, not the rule. And the usual view from the road is world-class heritage and exceptional landscape.

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For those opting for public transport, there is a choice of two major coach operators, National Express and Megabus. Long established National Express (NX) offers an extensive network of inter-city coach services radiating from London, Southampton and Bournemouth. Many of their Wessex services operate via Heathrow (coach station in the airport central area). NX offers high-speed travel on main roads using the latest equipment. Seats can be reserved and ticketed electronically. For detailed information phone 0870 580 8080 or visit www.nationalexpress.com.

Newly established Megabus has been recently set up along the lines of a low-cost airline with all-electronic reservations and flexible tariff (lead-in fares start at only £1). It also operates with start-of-the-art coaches. It currently (winter 06/07) operates four express routes between London and Wessex: London – Bristol (five daily); London – Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth (three daily); London – Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester (twice daily); London – Exeter, Plymouth (once daily). Megabus is based in London at the Greenline Coach Station, immediately adjacent to Victoria rail terminal. For detailed information on Megabus phone 0900 160 0900 or visit www.megabus.com.

This inter-city network is supported by local networks of bus services radiating out from every major town in the region. These reach into the most obscure villages. Most are subsidised by local government and are therefore subject to occasional chopping and changing. However, they usually stick closely to their published summer and winter schedules. These local bus services do not usually accept reservations or issue tickets in advance. This is not a problem for the visitor as services are seldom heavily loaded. These services usually operate from the same central terminals used by the major coach operators. For more details on local bus services phone 0870 608 2608 or visit www.traveline.org.uk .

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