THE Bournemouth and Poole College has awarded Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) the contract to operate four bus routes across Dorset for student transportation.
The college branded buses hit the road as students started their new term of college education.
College Principal Lawrence Vincent said: “This is a new pilot service for us. We are launching the subsidised bus service for full time students in areas where it can be problematic travelling across the conurbations. We are pleased to be working with Transdev Yellow Buses which has professionally supported the project and is bringing its expertise and excellent customer service into the mix.”
The pilot scheme will see buses running from Blandford, Swanage, Verwood and across Bournemouth, picking up at routes along the way and dropping students at various college campuses, terminating at either the main sites in Bournemouth or Poole.
As well as improving transport services for students, the new subsidised routes form part of ‘Green College’ and the green travel plan to promote increased use of public transport, and reduce campus parking problems.
Mark Keighley, TYB Business Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this high profile contract. It is an expansion of our ‘your bus’ fleet, providing comfortable, efficient services for students. We are starting with one Volvo D10M double decker and three Dennis Dart single decker buses, and if students enjoy the benefits of the service, we will support The College in expanding its fleet next year.”
The College has invested in the new service to support students and promote environmentally friendly transport. Student Services Manager Robin Coe added: “In this first year we have capacity to subsidise 220 full time learners.
“We’ve also put in place some additional benefits such as early bird breakfast discounts, and a text alarm call for those using the scheme. The take-up to date has been very encouraging.”
Anyone wanting to apply to use The College’s subsidised bus service should call the Travel Co-ordinator on 01202 205660.
Picture caption: College buses hit the road. Mark Keighley, TYB Business Development Manager (left) and Andrew Smith, TYB Finance Director (right) with College Principal Lawrence Vincent.