Yellow Buses is to undergo the biggest transformation of its network in a decade next month (January).
The bus company, which carries just under 15 million passengers a year, is to introduce eight colour coded lines – Bourne, Priory, Uni, Royal, Village, Coast, Dolphin and Heath – to reflect its strong local connectivity and sense of community.
Routes operating on each line with be denoted by the first letter of the name e.g ‘R’ (for Royal) followed by the service number such as 1, 2, 3 or 4.
All of the current 22 service numbers will change with the exception of four routes which are subsidised by Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.
The new network will focus on key hubs, including the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Bournemouth University, while offering new off-peak connections to destinations such as Mudeford, Verwood and Ringwood.
Yellow Buses says the new network, which takes effect from January 15, 2017, reflects the changing life and work patterns of its customers as well as simplifying the network and addressing congestion.
Extra early morning and late night services are being introduced on some routes to help shift workers at locations such as Bournemouth town centre, Poole town centre and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Journey times are also being revised on several routes in order to improve punctuality and reliability while bus frequencies and timings are being simplified to help customers.
Andrew Smith, Managing Director, said: “Yellow Buses has proudly served Bournemouth and the surrounding area for 114 years, connecting local people and local communities.
“Our new network highlights that unique bond with the introduction of an even more customer orientated service using route names and clear colour coding.
“It’s a network designed for the needs of our customers in 2017 and we believe it will prove very popular.”
New individual line timetables will be available this month (December) and a single complete timetable booklet is planned for production in January.
Full details of the network will also be all listed on Yellow Buses’ website at www.bybus.co.uk
Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 131 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of 430.
Its vehicles cover 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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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. www.bybus.co.uk
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.