MP drops in on Yellow Buses

Robert Syms MP and Andrew Smith of Yellow Buses

Robert Syms, Member of Parliament for Poole, visited Yellow Buses and heard about the company’s plans for a new out-station in Poole and expansion into Hamworthy and Upton. The company’s managing director Andrew Smith showed Mr Syms around the depot in Yeomans Way in Bournemouth. He also raised the subject of congestion in the conurbation and explained the difficulties facing bus companies. Robert Syms has served for 20 years as the MP for the constituency of Poole and has held several government posts and chaired numerous committees. Mr Syms enjoyed a productive meeting with Mr Smith and the company’s commercial director Paul Wren. Mr Syms said: “I was please to visit Yellow Buses and was impressed with the investment in new buses which give a better service to my constituents. “Local bus companies make a great contribution to our economy and it’s important the government realises that we must maintain our roads and keep the traffic moving.” Andrew Smith said: “I had a very productive meeting with Mr Syms and was able to explain our plans for the future. “He had a tour of the depot and we showed him one of the new double decker buses, which has leather seats, free wi-fi, charging points for phones and is much better for the environment. “We addressed the issue of congestion and explained the pressures we face running a bus company.”

Paul Wren, commercial director of Yellow Buses, Andrew Smith, MD of Yellow Buses and MP Robert Syms

      Pic caption: Robert Syms MP and Andrew Smith, MD of Yellow Buses       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 131 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of 430. It carries just under 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area. Yellow Buses is part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth largest public transport provider.   RATP Dev   RATP Dev is a RATP group subsidiary set up in 2002 to export the Group’s operation and maintenance knowhow outside the historic network operated by RATP in the Paris region. RATP Dev now operates in 15 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, the USA and Brazil). In 2015 RATP Dev generated revenue of more than 1.1 billion euros.   RATP group   With 14 million passengers every day worldwide, RATP group is the fifth largest urban transport operator in the world. The multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region, with its 14 metro lines (including two driverless lines), two regional express network (RER) lines, seven tramway lines, 350 bus lines and shuttle services catering to the region’s two international airports, is the largest of its kind 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 transport mode (metro, regional train, tramway and bus) and develop innovative services to promote mobility such as passenger information, electronic ticketing, pricing and customer marketing. The automation of Paris metro’s Line 1, which was completed at the end of 2012, is a world first and once again has demonstrated the ability of RATP group to complete particularly complex projects.   RATP group has a workforce of nearly 60,000 worldwide and in 2015 generated revenue of 5,556 million euros.