Yellow Buses confirms open toppers are returning

Back on the road: A computer generated image of a Yellow Buses’ open topper which will be part of a coastal route service this summer.

Bournemouth’s iconic ‘open toppers’ will be back on the streets this summer.

Yellow Buses (YB) has confirmed it is finalising plans to bring back an open top service during the summer school holidays.

The Bournemouth-based bus company will also use the open toppers on some of its existing routes, beginning from this month (May).

During the summer school holiday period, Yellow Buses is planning a coastal open top service to include Bournemouth and local visitor attractions.

They would be the first open top buses run directly by Yellow Buses since 2007.

Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Yellow Buses, said: “We have ambitious plans to bring back open top buses to Bournemouth.

“The word ‘iconic’ is somewhat overused these days but it’s fair to say that the open top buses run by Yellow Buses for many years were regarded by locals and tourists alike as worthy of that description.

“We hope to be in a position to start using these buses during May on our existing routes, before starting a new coastal route for the summer school holidays.”

Yellow Buses has also confirmed that its C1 service, linking Bournemouth town centre and Alum Chine, will operate on a higher frequency during the peak summer period.

Timetable changes to the service from April 30 had led to suggestions that the C1 would be running a reduced service during the summer.

However, this is not the case and the summer timetable for the C1 and other services will be registered soon.

Mr Smith added: “We are planning the summer school holiday service for Alum Chine including higher frequency services for the C1 during the day together with evening and Sunday services.”

Note to journalists:

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About Yellow Buses:

Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 140 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of over 410. The company 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.


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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.

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