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More buses to take on additional Yellow Buses routes

Written by Javed Iqbal

MOREBUS will take on three more routes from Saturday that Yellow Buses used to serve.

Chief executive Andrew Wickham announced that Morebus will now operate services 18, 33 and 36.

As reported, Morebus agreed to take over Yellow Buses’ main routes before it went into administration, including 1/1b, 1a, 2, 4, 5/5a, 6/6a and 737.

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Bournemouth Echo:

From Saturday 6 August, Morebus will take over 13 former Gule Bus routes, after the company collapsed dramatically yesterday.

Wickham said: “In addition to Morebus’ new commercial services starting tomorrow, we will also start operating BCP Council’s tendered services 18, 33 and 36. These will also start tomorrow.

“It is important to note that these are not the same timetables and in some cases the route has been changed slightly.

“These timetables are the basic frequencies we can offer to begin with, using available buses and drivers.

“We will investigate whether we can offer better frequencies in the near future when we have the resources to do so.”

Morebus held a recruitment day at The Village Hotel opposite Royal Bournemouth Hospital where more than 90 former Yellow Bus drivers attended to sign up for a job – as well as the £3,000 welcome bonus.

Yellow bus routes are now served by Morebus from Saturday 6 August:

Route 18 – Bournemouth to Broadstone via Westbourne, Upper Parkstone, Dale Valley Road, Canford Heath, Waterloo Estate & Hillbourne up to hourly Monday to Saturday

Route 33 – Bournemouth to Christchurch via East Cliff, BoscombeLittledown, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Southbourne, Broadway & Kings Avenue up to hourly Monday to Saturday

Route 36 – Talbot View Estate to Kinson via Bourne Valley, Bournemouth, Glenferness Avenue, Fern Barrow, Wallisdown, Turbary Park Avenue & Anchor Road up to hourly Monday to Saturday

Routes 1/1b – Bournemouth to Christchurch, Two Riversmeet via Boscombe, Fishermans Walk, Southbourne (1) OR Cranleigh Road (1b) and Tuckton up to every 30 minutes each. Shared sections of the routes will be every 15 minutes. The Westbourne, Branksome & Poole sections will not operate but our multiple bus m1/m2 routes serve these areas up to every 7 minutes.

Route 1a – Bournemouth to Somerford via Boscombe, Iford, Barrack Road & Christchurch up to every 15 minutes. The section that previously ran to Highcliffe & New Milton will not run, but customers can use the existing multiple bus X1/X2 routes.

Route 2 – Bournemouth to Castlepoint via Station, Springbourne, Boscombe, Iford, RB Hospital & Townsend Estate (although not serving Townsend Estate in the evening) up to every 30 minutes. The section that used to serve past Castlepoint to Moordown, Kinson & Bearwood will not operate, but customers can use the more bus route 14 between RB Hospital, Castlepoint and Kinson instead. Route 6a will link Kinson and Bearwood.

Route 4 – Bournemouth to Castlepoint via Station, Winton, Moordown & Muscliffe up to every 30 minutes. This route will then continue as a route 2 so for those needing Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Iford you can stay on the same bus. However, it will not continue to Christchurch.

Routes 5/5a – Bournemouth to Kinson via Station, Charminster, Winton, Ensbury Park, East Howe (5), Cunningham Crescent (5) OR Columbia Road (5a), Maclean Road (5a) and Moore Avenue. Will run up to every 30 minutes on each route, and every 15 minutes on the shared sections.

Routes 6/6a – Bournemouth to Bearwood via Station, Winton, University, Wallisdown and High Howe up to every 30 minutes. Extends beyond Bearwood to Wimborne (6) and Kinson (6a) up to hourly

Route 737 – Bournemouth to Airport via Station, Winton, Moordown, Parley & Aviation Park. There will be 2 morning journeys to the airport and 3 afternoon journeys back.

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