Arting about with the Yellows

Yellow Buses provided the Poetry Bus for Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea festival. (l-r) Ollie Wheatley (second left) from Yellow Buses, with the council’s Andrea Francis (centre) and Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses next to her, with volunteers.

Yellow Buses’ dedicated Poetry Bus had a star turn at Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea Festival by acting as the information hub. The double decker is decorated inside with verses written by poets who were inspired by travelling around the conurbation on the fleet. The bus was in the main square and festival volunteers manned it and were there to help the visitors. Yellow Buses also gave out free travel passes to the volunteers so they could get around during the eight day event. During the festival, which is in its seventh year, more than 50 performances took place in a variety of locations. These included the mediums of dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music. It is estimated that more than 110,000 people attended the festival. Andrea Francis, Cultural Development Manager at Bournemouth Borough Council, who organised the event, said: “The festival was a huge success and we’re extremely grateful to Yellow Buses. “Not only were they our travel partners once again, but helped us out during the weekends by supplying the Poetry Bus. “It acted as an information hub, but was also a great place for people to meet and is a work of art in itself and visitors enjoyed walking around it. “Giving our volunteers travel passes meant they could get around the venues easily and help ensure the festival went smoothly. “The theme of the festival was ‘plastic beach’ and Yellow Buses share our environmental outlook and have new, eco-friendly buses, wash their fleet with rainwater and have a monthly Carbon Stoppers charity give-away.” Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses said: “We’re proud to continue our support for the arts locally and assist with this festival that has grown massively. “Our Poetry Bus and our Gallery Bus are in regular service and passengers really enjoy them.”       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.