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No regular buses down our road for eight years - now we've got two!
THE old joke about buses – that two always come along at once – has never been more true than for residents living on two major Wimborne roads.
For eight years, those living on Wimborne Road West and Leigh Road have been left without a regular bus service.
But in the space of just over a month, two companies have decided to start running regular buses along the route – both without a Dorset County Council subsidy.
However, while residents are delighted, those living in Merley may feel less like celebrating, as the new route will exclude the estate.
The development comes after more than 200 Wimborne people signed a petition calling for a service to be reinstated.
“I’m sure the residents will be thrilled. But it’s really going to be a ‘use it or lose it’ situation as the buses won’t have that subsidy from the council.”
In August, it was announced that independent company Gardbus will run a regular service, the 132, along the route from September 30, with a bus to run every two hours.
And Bournemouth-based Yellow Buses will start its own service on November 3.
The 4D travelling from Moordown via Ferndown to Canford Bottom will now travel along Wimborne Road West and Leigh Road every hour.
Currently, the nearest serviced bus stops are for the number 13 route, which are at Friars Copse and Middlehill Road at the top of Hayes Lane, or the circular 88, which runs down Hayes Lane.
Mark Ambler, head of network development at Yellow Buses, said: “This is a significant improvement for local residents with the 4C and 4D offering a 30 minute frequency between Ferndown and Bournemouth and hourly services to West Moors and Wimborne.
“Unfortunately the rerouting means that the 4D will no longer serve Bearwood and Merley although the 4A will continue to operate to Kinson and Bearwood on a 30-minute frequency.
“We appreciate this rerouting will be disappointing news, particularly to customers in Merley, but low passenger numbers mean that it is no longer commercially possible to run our services on the existing route.”
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