Poole MP relaunches new-look community bus service

POOLE MP Robert Syms has given his seal of approval to a revamped bus service linking communities from Broadstone to Bournemouth.

The new-look number ‘18’ hits the road from Monday October 29.

Just the ticket: Robert Syms, Poole MP, cuts a tape marking the launch of the new-look ‘18’ service watched by Jenni Wilkinson of Transdev Yellow Buses; driver Andy Turner and councillors and officers from Poole and Bournemouth Borough Councils.

Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) has taken over the service from Wilts & Dorset which has decided to withdraw from the ‘18’ and ‘19’ routes.

It is partly funded by Poole and Bournemouth Borough Councils and will have a dedicated five-strong team of drivers as well as single-deckers branded with the number ’18.’
Mr Syms, who was accompanied by councillors and officers from both authorities, officially cut a ribbon marking the new service at a ceremony in The Broadway, Broadstone.

He said: “My constituents always impress on me the importance of frequent and reliable buses so I’m delighted to welcome this new service from Transdev Yellow Buses.”

The new ‘18’ service will run once an hour linking Broadstone, Poole’s Waterloo, Canford Heath and Foxholes’ estates, Upper Parkstone, Westbourne and Bournemouth from Monday to Saturday.

The first bus will be at 6.55am from Broadstone and the last bus from Bournemouth is at 5.45pm.

The ‘18’ will also be running through the Clarendon Road and West Way areas of Broadstone, previously Wilts & Dorset’s service 19. Consequently the number of journeys on the loop will increase from seven to ten.

TYB stepped in to run the route at short notice following an approach from the Borough of Poole.

Jenni Wilkinson, Communications and Marketing Manager, said: “We have been delighted with the initial response to our ‘18’ service. “Our team has worked tremendously hard to get everything in place for the launch within a very short period of time. We’re hopeful the ‘18’ will be a hit with passengers from Day One.”

Picture caption: Just the ticket: Robert Syms, Poole MP, cuts a tape marking the launch of the new-look ‘18’ service watched by Jenni Wilkinson of Transdev Yellow Buses; driver Andy Turner and councillors and officers from Poole and Bournemouth Borough Councils.