Yellow Buses unveils two open top services for summer

Tops off for summer: Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Yellow Buses; Jeff Mostyn, Chairman, AFC Bournemouth, and club mascot Cherry Bear, at the launch of Yellow Buses’ new open top services.

Stand by your bus stops. Yellow Buses’ iconic open toppers are back this month after a ten-year gap, operating on two routes. The Bournemouth-based bus company will start operating a new R2 open top service between Bournemouth and Poole Quay. Yellow Buses is also introducing an hourly C1 open top service linking Bournemouth and Alum Chine via Westbourne and West Cliff. The Poole quay service will run every half hour daily, including public holidays, from Saturday July 22 until Wednesday August 30. The first bus leaves Bournemouth Square at 9.20am (9.35am from Poole Quay) and follows a route including Westbourne, Branksome, Upper Parkstone, Ashley Cross, Poole Hospital, Poole High Street and Poole Quay. The journey will take 40 minutes with the last bus departing Bournemouth Square at 5.20pm (5.35pm from Poole Quay). The Alum Chine service will also operate daily, including public holidays, from Saturday July 22 but end on Sunday September 3. The first bus from Bournemouth (Bourne Avenue) is at 7.24am Monday to Friday (7.45am from Alum Chine). The journey will take 20 minutes. The new open top service is in addition to the existing C1 service operating between Castlepoint and Alum Chine. As a result the Bournemouth to Alum Chine stretch of the route will see two buses per hour Mondays to Saturdays plus a Sunday service from July 22 until September 3. Andrew Smith, Yellow Buses’ Managing Director, said: “We’ve had an amazing response since first announcing in May that our famous open toppers will be back on the streets for the first time since 2007. “We’re delighted that not only are we able to bring the open top experience to two of our routes but also, as we promised, the C1 will operate at a higher frequency during the peak summer period.” All day travel on Yellow Buses, including the open toppers, costs just £4 for an adult (£2.60 child). A group ticket covering five adults or children travelling together is £10.50. Full details of the open topper services can be found at   Note to journalists: 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 07788 392965. 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. 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 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 USA). 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.