It was the end of an era when Yellow Buses moved to its new depot and head office in Bournemouth today, March 1.
The last bus left the depot during the afternoon and was waved off by staff, including members of the head office team, managers, engineers and drivers.
After 53 years the company, now part of Transdev, the UK’s sixth biggest bus operator, swapped its Mallard Road home for a new ultra-modern £5m complex in nearby Yeomans Way.
Yellow Buses moved, literally, lock, stock and bus to the new four acre site which is at the back of the Castlepoint shopping centre.
last bus 2All the company’s operations are based at Yeomans Way including storage for up to 120 buses and 20 coaches. The new depot was delivered on time and within budget.
Particular emphasis was placed on making the complex environmentally-friendly. All the rain water, for example, is collected and recycled for washing the bus fleet.
Gary Corrie, Engineering Director, who masterminded the planning and building of the new complex, said there were mixed emotions on the last day. “ While sad to leave Mallard Road, we’re excited to be moving to a new depot which offers such superb working conditions for our staff,” he said.
The Yellow Buses garage, workshops and stores in Mallard Road were opened on July 24, 1953, on the site of a former corporation farm.
More than one million bricks and over 60 miles of pre-stressing high tensile steel wire were used in the construction.
Among Mallard Road’s claim to fame was the fact that the garage had the largest span of pre-stressed concrete in the country when it was built in 1951. It became a listed building seven years ago.