Local bus services funded by Bournemouth and Poole councils are set to continue, with some minor changes, thanks to both councils continuing to provide financial support for four tendered services
With over 90% of bus routes in Bournemouth and Poole operated on a commercial basis by Yellow Buses and Morebus, other services receive a financial subsidy from the councils.
Following the retendering of subsidised routes currently run by Yellow Buses, both councils have agreed to continue funding the routes giving residents and visitors continued access to bus services in key areas.
Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to retain the majority of these services and remain within budget. These contracts have been awarded on a long-term basis, and I hope that passengers will continue to make the most of them.”
Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing & Waste, Bournemouth Council, said: “We are committed to public transport in Bournemouth and continue to work in close partnership with the major operators to encourage more people to travel in and around Bournemouth by bus.
“We are delighted that we are able to retain these key bus routes and would like to reassure residents that we have taken great care to minimise the impact of the changes to some of the routes.”
Whilst the changes to services are not expected to have a big impact on passengers there will be some changes to timings, and route numbers.
From Monday 9 April the following changes will come into place:
H1 Broadstone to Bournemouth service will become route 18
- This route will remain the same except for the first journey from Broadstone on Saturdays which will be withdrawn
- This service will continue to be operated by Yellow Buses
U8 Talbot View Estate and Kinson service will become route 36
- This service will continue to run hourly and will be operated by Yellow Buses
C1 Bournemouth to Castlepoint section and D1 Poole to Christchurch
- These will be revised as a new Route 20 from Poole to Castlepoint, and a separate 33 Bournemouth to Christchurch route.
- The section of D1 route between Poole and Bournemouth town centre, and the section of C1 route between Bournemouth town centre and Castlepoint will be joined and run as one through service. This will become Route 20.
- Route 20 will continue to operate on an hourly basis, however the early morning journeys will no longer operate and there will be a gap in the afternoon timetable on school days. This service will be operated by Morebus.
- The C1 service between Alum Chine and Bournemouth is operated commercially by Yellow Buses and this will be covered by new route 7 as part of their network changes.
- The section of D1 route between Bournemouth town centre and Christchurch will continue to be operated hourly with minor changes to timings. The service will become Route 33. This service will continue to be operated by Yellow Buses.
David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses, said: “We are very pleased to have retained the three routes that fit in very well with our revised network, which comes into effect from 9 April.
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Morebus, said: “We are pleased to have been chosen to operate this important route, and will continue working closely with both Councils to ensure those travelling with us receive the very best possible service here.
Full details including links to the new timetables are available at https://bournemouth.gov.uk/bustravel with printed versions also available from the bus operators in due course.