On the buses: number of people in Poole travelling by bus on the rise

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: more buses in Poole

EASIER TRAVEL: Cllr Ian Potter

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PEOPLE in Poole are travelling by bus in ever increasing numbers.

Poole buses carried more than 9.8million passengers in the 12 months from April 2013 to March 2014, an annual increase of 263,273.

Figures from Borough of Poole show that the number of passenger journeys in Poole has risen by 85 per cent since 2004/05.

The council says bus services have become the popular choice of transport following investment by the bus operators in modern low-floor buses, improved timetables making bus use more convenient and the use of smart card ticketing has removed the need to carry change.

Poole council has played its part by improving bus shelters, providing raised kerbs at bus stops to improve accessibility for passengers and supporting the provision of bus information through real time information at stops, via mobile phones and the internet.

Just under a third of the journeys were by pensioners using English National Concessionary Travel bus passes, which give free off peak travel anywhere in England.

Cllr Ian Potter, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We work in partnership with bus operators and neighbouring authorities to make bus travel easier and convenient for more people.

“The significant investment made by the bus operators and council in recent years has provided real benefit to bus passengers and buses are becoming an increasingly attractive form of transport in the area,” he said.

Bus operators figures supplied to Borough of Poole show that 9,819,782 passengers boarded buses in the town between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, compared with 9,556,509 the previous year. In 2004/05 a total of 5,331,268 passengers travelled.

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1:32pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

There would be more people using buses in this area if bus passes were given to you at 60 but in Bournemouth and Poole you have to wait until your state pension age which for my wife is 64 1/2.
There would be more people using buses in this area if bus passes were given to you at 60 but in Bournemouth and Poole you have to wait until your state pension age which for my wife is 64 1/2. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: -11

4:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Pasiphae says...

Cue wilts & dorset putting up fares yet again....they must be laughing all the way to the bank
Cue wilts & dorset putting up fares yet again....they must be laughing all the way to the bank Pasiphae
  • Score: 3

6:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Wackerone says...

Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.
Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs. Wackerone
  • Score: 7

7:34pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv ashleycross
  • Score: 0

7:34pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv ashleycross
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
There would be more people using buses in this area if bus passes were given to you at 60 but in Bournemouth and Poole you have to wait until your state pension age which for my wife is 64 1/2.
Not everyone gets to 60 so just be grateful you have seen that birthday to be able to enjoy these perks the rest of us pay for.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: There would be more people using buses in this area if bus passes were given to you at 60 but in Bournemouth and Poole you have to wait until your state pension age which for my wife is 64 1/2.[/p][/quote]Not everyone gets to 60 so just be grateful you have seen that birthday to be able to enjoy these perks the rest of us pay for. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 2

12:26am Sat 14 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Wackerone wrote:
Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.
And me on a Thursday. The pensioners as greedy selfish gits there's no doubt about that. No chance of them ever opening their wallet or purse if they can avoid it.
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.[/p][/quote]And me on a Thursday. The pensioners as greedy selfish gits there's no doubt about that. No chance of them ever opening their wallet or purse if they can avoid it. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

10:20am Sat 14 Jun 14

Broomers2003 says...

That's great news for the area, for jobs, the economy in general and is justification for a new bus station. I agree that buses would get more evening patronage if there were a brand new bus station.
That's great news for the area, for jobs, the economy in general and is justification for a new bus station. I agree that buses would get more evening patronage if there were a brand new bus station. Broomers2003
  • Score: 2

3:07am Sun 15 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.
And me on a Thursday. The pensioners as greedy selfish gits there's no doubt about that. No chance of them ever opening their wallet or purse if they can avoid it.
They should help the youngsters who have to use the bus to get to school
and yes there are some greedy tight pensioners, usually the ones who are
loaded! Don't forget there are pensioners who are not well off and they need
the bus to get to hospital or Doctor's appointments. Often they also help out
caring for grandchildren as well as looking after an elderly relative or friend.
Life is a lottery and some are fitter than others but don't begrudge the young
mums with their pushchairs who are bringing up the next generation. The elderly
are indeed lucky to be able to use their bus pass! Thanks bus drivers!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.[/p][/quote]And me on a Thursday. The pensioners as greedy selfish gits there's no doubt about that. No chance of them ever opening their wallet or purse if they can avoid it.[/p][/quote]They should help the youngsters who have to use the bus to get to school and yes there are some greedy tight pensioners, usually the ones who are loaded! Don't forget there are pensioners who are not well off and they need the bus to get to hospital or Doctor's appointments. Often they also help out caring for grandchildren as well as looking after an elderly relative or friend. Life is a lottery and some are fitter than others but don't begrudge the young mums with their pushchairs who are bringing up the next generation. The elderly are indeed lucky to be able to use their bus pass! Thanks bus drivers! guisselle
  • Score: 1

3:11am Sun 15 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.
And me on a Thursday. The pensioners as greedy selfish gits there's no doubt about that. No chance of them ever opening their wallet or purse if they can avoid it.
Most of them frequent the charity shops and the moths fly out of their purses!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Take away the old age bus pass and the only passengers left will be foreign students and single parent girls with push chairs.[/p][/quote]And me on a Thursday. The pensioners as greedy selfish gits there's no doubt about that. No chance of them ever opening their wallet or purse if they can avoid it.[/p][/quote]Most of them frequent the charity shops and the moths fly out of their purses! guisselle
  • Score: 1

4:05am Sun 15 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Its a sad fact that a lot of elderly people don't have close family and going on a
bus is their only contact with people. Mind you there is always Bingo!
Its a sad fact that a lot of elderly people don't have close family and going on a bus is their only contact with people. Mind you there is always Bingo! guisselle
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

ashleycross wrote:
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
The bus station is revolting.
Dirty and full of undesirables.
People only use buses because they have no choice not because it is pleasant or good value.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv[/p][/quote]The bus station is revolting. Dirty and full of undesirables. People only use buses because they have no choice not because it is pleasant or good value. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Mon 16 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Victor_Meldrew_Lives
!
wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
The bus station is revolting.
Dirty and full of undesirables.
People only use buses because they have no choice not because it is pleasant or good value.
Yes this is true, now if the trains were free well that would be awesome
can you imagine the pensioners escaping on an away day or dirty weekend!
[quote][p][bold]Victor_Meldrew_Lives ![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv[/p][/quote]The bus station is revolting. Dirty and full of undesirables. People only use buses because they have no choice not because it is pleasant or good value.[/p][/quote]Yes this is true, now if the trains were free well that would be awesome can you imagine the pensioners escaping on an away day or dirty weekend! guisselle
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Mon 16 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Victor_Meldrew_Lives
!
wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
The bus station is revolting.
Dirty and full of undesirables.
People only use buses because they have no choice not because it is pleasant or good value.
Yes this is true, now if the trains were free well that would be awesome
can you imagine the pensioners escaping on an away day or dirty weekend!
[quote][p][bold]Victor_Meldrew_Lives ![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv[/p][/quote]The bus station is revolting. Dirty and full of undesirables. People only use buses because they have no choice not because it is pleasant or good value.[/p][/quote]Yes this is true, now if the trains were free well that would be awesome can you imagine the pensioners escaping on an away day or dirty weekend! guisselle
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Wackerone says...

ashleycross wrote:
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
Who is responsible for the security and the upholding of the ’no smoking' law in the bus station? The Bus Company, the council or the police? I have asked this question many times before and I'm still waiting for an answer.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv[/p][/quote]Who is responsible for the security and the upholding of the ’no smoking' law in the bus station? The Bus Company, the council or the police? I have asked this question many times before and I'm still waiting for an answer. Wackerone
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Wackerone wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice.
It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv
Who is responsible for the security and the upholding of the ’no smoking' law in the bus station? The Bus Company, the council or the police? I have asked this question many times before and I'm still waiting for an answer.
I would imagine they all blame each other whilst turning a blind eye.
If you catch a bus to Waterloo station you get off the bus and have to walk through a fog of smoke to catch a train.
There are signs every few feet stating 'Smoking prohibited' which is freely ignored and I've seen Police opposite taking no notice.
Disgraceful.
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: This is good news for Poole. If the bus station were safe in the evening it would be an even more popular choice. It feels very insecure given that there is cctv everywhere and signs saying no smoking, but no one is ever fined for that, so the assumption is that nothing will be done about anything seen on the cctv[/p][/quote]Who is responsible for the security and the upholding of the ’no smoking' law in the bus station? The Bus Company, the council or the police? I have asked this question many times before and I'm still waiting for an answer.[/p][/quote]I would imagine they all blame each other whilst turning a blind eye. If you catch a bus to Waterloo station you get off the bus and have to walk through a fog of smoke to catch a train. There are signs every few feet stating 'Smoking prohibited' which is freely ignored and I've seen Police opposite taking no notice. Disgraceful. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 2

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