Extra buses put on to cope with passenger demand

TRANSDEV Yellow Buses (TYB) is to boost the frequency of its popular 1a service between Bournemouth and Somerford from next month.

Buses will run every seven and a half minutes – instead of the current ten minutes – during the week and every 15 minutes during Sunday daytime.

Extra buses are being put on at morning, afternoon and early evening peak periods to cope with demand.

When combined with TYB’s 1b and 1c services, the changes mean a total of 14 buses will be running every hour on the main Bournemouth, Boscombe, Pokesdown, Christchurch corridor route from Monday to Saturday daytime. There will also be a bus every seven and a half minutes during Sunday daytime.

Other changes being introduced by TYB from Sunday May 3 include:

* An additional journey at peak time Monday to Friday on service 2 linking Kinson with Castlepoint and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
* Monday to Friday bus frequency on service 3 between Bournemouth and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital increased at morning peak time with an additional earlier bus at 6.15am to the hospital. Buses will also run every 20 minutes, instead of half hour, on Sundays.
* Service 18 from Broadstone to Bournemouth will go directly to Gervis Place instead of running to the Pier.
* A new 49 service linking Lytchett Minster, Upton and Hamworthy to Poole, Penn Hill and Bournemouth on schooldays only, leaving at 9.10 am and returning at 14.45 for a trial period.

There are no changes to services 5a, 5b, 24, 25, 26, 37, 38 and 39.

To ensure passengers have sufficient information on how the changes may affect them, TYB has leaflets showing summaries of each route on the buses, new timetables on its website (www.bybus.co.uk) and in book format.

Queries can also be answered in person at TYB’s office in Bournemouth Square opposite Boots.