Bournemouth’s new travel shop gets going

Laurence Batlle, Buster Bear and David Squire at the opening of Yellow Buses’ refurbished travel shop.

Laurence Batlle, the Chief Executive Officer of public transport key player RATP Dev, visited Bournemouth to open Yellow Buses’ new Travel Shop.

The French-headquartered company operates and maintains urban transportation systems in 14 countries on four continents, and owns Yellow Buses.

Laurence also had a tour of the depot and took the opportunity on her trip to meet and chat with Yellow Buses’ drivers.

The travel shop is a focal point and transport hub with staff on-hand to help passengers and talk them through the latest technology.

The public can buy tickets and passes, not only for Yellow Buses but National Express as well.

With Yellow Buses’ mascot Buster Bear and its MD David Squire looking on, Laurence cut the ribbon at the refurbished shop in the town centre.

Laurence, who was accompanied by Tim Jackson, CEO of RATP Dev in the UK, said: “It gives me great pleasure to visit Bournemouth again and to open the new travel shop.

“Staff have all the information at their fingertips and can assist passengers with the new technology Yellow Buses are bringing in.

“This is the latest step in Yellow Buses’ quest to provide the best passenger experience, something I am personally committed to across all of RATP Dev’s subsidiaries.”

David Squire said: “It was a pleasure to host Laurence and show her around the depot and our town centre control and new travel shop.

“The new management team has been in place for six months but this is only the start in making Yellow Buses a best-in-class service for our passengers.”


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About Yellow Buses: Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 140 buses and 16 coaches with more than 410 staff.

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 was named as the top operator in Bournemouth and Poole – and joint third nationally – in the latest annual Bus Passenger Survey, produced by the independent watchdog Transport Focus,

Yellow Buses is part of RATP Dev.

RATP Dev in the United Kingdom and Ireland

In the UK, RATP Dev has a workforce of more than 5,000 people and a revenue of £283m in 2017. In London, it operates 12% of the capital’s bus market, carrying 271 million passengers annually via London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line, alongside operating Yellow Buses in Bournemouth, coach operations through its Selwyns subsidiary and airport service from Bath to Bristol airport through Bath Bus Company. It’s also the market leader in open-top sightseeing in London and Windsor through The Original Tour, as well as in Bath and Cardiff through Navigatours.

About RATP Dev

Founded in 2002, RATP Dev operates and maintains urban transportation systems in 14 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, and the United States of America). With more than 1.5 billion passengers travelling on its networks every year, RATP Dev demonstrates every day its extensive and renowned expertise in a wide range of mobility services, ranging from rail, regional express rail, tramway, to bus, cable car and sightseeing activities. RATP Dev leverages in France, outside of Paris, and across international markets, the technical expertise and experience of RATP Group, the leader in driverless and tramway operations and operator of the Paris network, one of the largest public transportation networks in the world.


About RATP Group

With nearly 16 million daily passengers worldwide, RATP Group is the fifth largest urban transportation 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 transportation (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 the Paris metro’s line 1 completed at the end of 2012 is a world’s first and once again demonstrated RATP Group skill in concluding 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 wholly-owned 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 2017 generated revenue of 5.486 billion euros.