YELLOW Buses is introducing changes to its network at the end of August in readiness for the start of winter timetables and the reconstruction work on the A338 Spur Road.
The changes are designed to improve reliability and punctuality during what the company is describing as “a potentially challenging period.”
Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “Our winter network timetable traditionally takes effect from October.
“We have brought it forward this year, mainly because of the expected congestion due to the start of work on the A338 and other ongoing roadworks.
“Our aim is to have a robust timetable in place rather than try and keep to the existing service level which risks buses being held up for long periods in traffic congestion.
“This is a potentially challenging period and we are doing everything possible to minimise the impact on our passengers.”
The bus company’s services in and around Castlepoint and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital are expected to be affected by knock-on congestion.
Routes affected include the 4 between Bournemouth Square and the hospital The number of buses on this section of route between Castlepoint and Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be reduced from 28 to 22 per hour.
Among the changes taking effect from August 30:
- Route 4b will terminate at Castlepoint and no longer serve the hospital. Through tickets will be offered to the hospital allowing passengers to using services 3h and 2 2a 2b.
- Route 1x and night buses N1a and N5 will be withdrawn for winter. N6 will only operate from Friday night to Sunday morning and change route, merging with service N5 and extend to Mountbatten roundabout.
- Routes 4a/b/c and 20 have some re-timings.
Full details of the changes will be posted to the Yellows’ website at www.bybus.co.uk from August 17.
The nine month reconstruction project by Dorset County Council will see the stretch of dual carriageway between Ashley Heath Roundabout and Blackwater Junction completely rebuilt.
The £22m scheme, funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, is part of a five year programme of work to unlock jobs and housing in Dorset around Bournemouth Airport.
The Bournemouth Spur Road is over 40 years old and the foundations are failing. The work is due to start on September 6 and be completed by May 31 next year.