VILLAGERS turned out in force to welcome the launch of a new bus service linking West Moors and Bournemouth.
Yellow Buses’ route 29 is a new hourly weekday service connecting East Dorset
Launched on Monday April 19, it runs Monday to Saturday from 7am to 6pm and links Bournemouth town centre and the railway station with Winton, Moordown, Parley, Ferndown and West Moors.
Some of the areas covered have not had a regular direct weekday bus link with Bournemouth for more than two years after another operator withdrew its services.
The areas include West Moors, which is home to 7,000 people, and the Glenmoor Road area in Ferndown.
The new 29 also serves Ferndown Industrial Estate during morning and afternoon peak times.
Marc West, Yellow Buses’ Planning and Schedules Manager, described the number of passengers travelling on the first day of the new route as “very encouraging.”
He added: “We are confident that there will be considerable demand for route 29 but, as always, the long-term success of any bus route depends on people using it.”
The new service has been welcomed by West Moors Local Action Group which has campaigned for the restoration of a direct bus link with Bournemouth.
Jenny Winslade, the group’s committee member responsible for bus issues, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Yellow Buses has launched this new service which will greatly benefit residents here.”
Full details of route 29, including timetable information, can be found on Yellow Buses’ website :
For R29 timetable click here
For R29 map click here