MP Conor Burns visited Yellow Buses to see how a modern bus company operates – and heard how congestion was driving up costs.
The Bournemouth West Member of Parliament was shown around the Yeomans Way depot by managing director Andrew Smith.
He sat at the wheel of one of the new, eco-friendly, wi-fi enabled double deckers and spoke with staff and apprentices.
Mr Burns, who was elected to parliament in 2010, lives close to the cliff-top in the town and mentioned how Yellow Buses’ open toppers went past his home during the summer.
He said: “It was great to get a look behind the scenes of the operation that keeps the Yellow Buses’ fleet on the road.
“The service isn’t just something we take for granted – it is a lifeline for many of my constituents.
“The investment in new vehicles is as impressive as the investment in the apprentices who will secure a safe and reliable service for years to come.
“Making the service more reliable and comfortable is one way to ease the increasing blight of congested roads.”
Andrew Smith said: “Our commercial director Paul Wren joined me in a constructive meeting with Conor.
“We spoke about the difficulties and pressures facing bus operators and the problem of congestion across the conurbation.
“It’s good to be able to have a chance to explain to people what it takes to keep a large fleet of vehicles on the road.”
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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 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.
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.