THE owners of a popular East Dorset caravan and camping park are celebrating after successfully campaigning for a direct bus link into Bournemouth.
Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) launched the new ‘49’ service linking South Lytchett Manor with Poole Quay and Bournemouth Pier in direct response to a plea from David and Joanne Bridgen.
The once daily service, which operates only on schooldays, also serves Upton, Hamworthy, Penn Hill and Westbourne. It leaves South Lytchett Manor at 09.10, arriving at Bournemouth Pier at 09.50, with the return journey from Bournemouth Pier at 14.45.
Joanne said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Yellow Buses has launched this new service.
“We try to be as ‘green’ and environment friendly as possible. Our guests often ask us about the local public transport and this means they can now enjoy Bournemouth’s beaches without having to take the car.”
The new service has also been welcomed by Cllr Paul Johns who represents Lytchett Minster and Upton West on Purbeck District Council.
He said: “This is a very good addition to local bus service particularly as it links Lytchett Minster, Upton, Hamworthy and Poole.
“I hope as many villagers as possible, as well as guests at South Lytchett Manor, make the most of this new service.”
Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Head of Marketing, said: “Joanne suggested a direct bus service when we met at a conference on sustainable tourism.
“The new service fits in well with a service we already operate for Lytchett Minster School. We’ll be keeping a close check on passenger numbers with a view to extending the service beyond the initial three month trial period.”