Red, orange, YELLOWS!

The Yellow Buses/Daily Echo Carbon Stoppers initiative gave £200 to Bourne Free, which runs Bournemouth's annual LGBT festival.

The Yellow Buses/Daily Echo Carbon Stoppers initiative gave £200 to Bourne Free, which runs Bournemouth’s annual LGBT festival.

Yellow Buses made Bournemouth’s Bourne Free Festival a bit brighter by donating £200 from its Carbon Stoppers initiative that it runs jointly with the Daily Echo. The LGBT parade and associated festivities has been running for 12 years and is a celebration of all the diverse life in the town. Thousands of visitors attend each year to soak up the colourful atmosphere – and Yellow Buses delivers many of them around. Carbon Stoppers is a joint Yellow Buses /Daily Echo initiative that has handed out over £15,000 to charities and good causes since its launch in 2008. Each week the Yellows hold a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken by passengers on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest. Bournemouth’s brightest bus company handed over a cheque for £200 to the organisers of the annual festival. Louise Clarke from Bourne Free said: “Thousands of people come to the festival and the Yellows are great at getting everyone around. “They really get on board with the whole event and the donation will go towards making next year’s festival even bigger and better than this year’s.” Jenni Wilkinson, Yellows’ Head of Marketing and Customer Excellence, said: “We try and support all the major events in Bournemouth and Bourne Free has become one of the large ones. “It’s a very colourful festival and we’re a very colourful and diverse company so it’s a perfect fit.”   Pic caption: Red, oranage, YELLOWS! Bus staff (l-r) Jenni Wilkinson, Karen Stretton, Andy Foot and Ollie Wheatley   Note to Editors: For more information, please contact: Andrew Diprose, Director, Deep South Media Ltd, PR consultants to Yellow Buses, on 01202 534487. Or Ed Baker on 01202 534487 or 07788392965.   About Yellow Buses: Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 137 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of 450. It carries more than 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area. The Yellows are part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth largest public transport provider.   About RATP Dev: RATP Dev is the RATP Group subsidiary established in 2002 to export the group’s operation and maintenance know-how outside the historic network operated by RATP in the Paris region. RATP Dev now operates in 14 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Brazil, India, China, South Korea and the Philippines). In 2015, RATP Dev is scheduled to generate revenue exceeding €1 billion. About RATP Group: With nearly 14 million daily passengers worldwide, RATP Group is the fifth largest urban transport operator in the world. With its 14 metro lines (including two driverless lines), two regional express rail lines, seven tramway lines and 350 bus lines, the multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region is the largest in the world to be managed by a single company. RATP Group can devise, design and implement infrastructure development projects, operate and maintain networks irrespective of the mode of transport (metro, regional train, tramway and bus) and develop innovative services to promote mobility (including passenger information, remote ticketing, pricing and customer marketing). The automation of Paris metro line 1, which was completed at the end of 2012 as a world first, once again demonstrated the ability of RATP Group to implement particularly complex projects. RATP Group exports its know-how all over the world; in engineering through Systra, its subsidiary jointly owned with SNCF, in operations and maintenance via its RATP Dev subsidiary and in innovative services to promote mobility through its IXXI subsidiary. RATP Group has a workforce of nearly 60,000 employees worldwide and in 2013 generated revenue of €5.14 billion.