Yellow Buses get 5 new double deckers

Bournemouth Echo: GOING PLACES: Andrew Smith, left, and Malcolm Venn of Yellow Buses GOING PLACES: Andrew Smith, left, and Malcolm Venn of Yellow Buses

YELLOW Buses has invested nearly £1m in five new double-deckers.

The company says the spending on the Volvo Wright Gemini buses follows sustained business growth.

They are being rolled out on to routes across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

The new vehicles bring the company’s fleet to more than 150. Earlier this year, it spent £1.54m on 10 new single deckers.

Mark Ambler, the company’s head of network development, said: “With consistent growth we were able to commit to buying five new double-decker buses as we head into another very busy summer.

“Having put the order in just a few weeks ago, they are already going into service to satisfy our increasing number of passenger trips.

“The Yellows carry more than 15million passengers a year and the demand grows in the summer due to tourism.”

Yellow Buses says local councils’ involvement in the Three Towns Travel and Better Bus Area Fund projects helped give it the confidence to make the investment.

The Three Towns Travel scheme has attracted £12m of government money for improving public transport, cycling and walking facilities on the A35 corridor.

The money is being spent on dozens of projects, many of them involving improved bus lanes or junctions.

Yellow Buses’ Andrew Smith said: “The investment was made easier by the local authorities’ commitment to bus travel in the Bournemouth and the Dorset areas.

“With our buses travelling nearly five million miles every year it’s important to keep our fleet up to date.

“We look forward to passengers joining us on our new double-deckers when they travel with the Yellows.”

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11:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

TheDistrict says...

What a waste of money, money produced through ever increasing fares. How often do we see a DD Bus filled to its capacity, if at all, not very often. It is more common to see these buses with a handful of passengers onboard.
Secondly, they ignorantly slow, holding up traffic due to slow speed, wasting time at stops, hanging around at stops holding up traffic. And finally, the drivers cannot pull in correctly at the stops. Smaller buses, similar to those used by More buses/Wilts and Dorset are needed.
What a waste of money, money produced through ever increasing fares. How often do we see a DD Bus filled to its capacity, if at all, not very often. It is more common to see these buses with a handful of passengers onboard. Secondly, they ignorantly slow, holding up traffic due to slow speed, wasting time at stops, hanging around at stops holding up traffic. And finally, the drivers cannot pull in correctly at the stops. Smaller buses, similar to those used by More buses/Wilts and Dorset are needed. TheDistrict
  • Score: -32

11:55am Wed 18 Jun 14

uvox44 says...

i'm sure theDistrict would rather the passengers were in individual cars because of course that wouldn't cause any delays at all would it?!
i'm sure theDistrict would rather the passengers were in individual cars because of course that wouldn't cause any delays at all would it?! uvox44
  • Score: 13

11:55am Wed 18 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

Does this mean the chiftan tank sounding buses - Volvos I think - will be retired/sold off?
As for The District's comment he seems a narrow minded sort of chap.
Does this mean the chiftan tank sounding buses - Volvos I think - will be retired/sold off? As for The District's comment he seems a narrow minded sort of chap. whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

11:56am Wed 18 Jun 14

RedDuvet says...

This would be why the fares have gone up again then.

The buses need higher peak time prices and lower prices for the middle of the day. I understand more weight=more fuel, but why does getting on the empty bus in the middle of the day cost the same as piling onto a standing room only at 8am?
This would be why the fares have gone up again then. The buses need higher peak time prices and lower prices for the middle of the day. I understand more weight=more fuel, but why does getting on the empty bus in the middle of the day cost the same as piling onto a standing room only at 8am? RedDuvet
  • Score: -7

12:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

TheDistrict wrote:
What a waste of money, money produced through ever increasing fares. How often do we see a DD Bus filled to its capacity, if at all, not very often. It is more common to see these buses with a handful of passengers onboard.
Secondly, they ignorantly slow, holding up traffic due to slow speed, wasting time at stops, hanging around at stops holding up traffic. And finally, the drivers cannot pull in correctly at the stops. Smaller buses, similar to those used by More buses/Wilts and Dorset are needed.
Well there really is no pleasing some folk.......best to walk then!

This is a welcome investment, traditional double-deck buses make far more practical sense in terms of available peak time passenger seating capacity and occupied public road space than lower capacity but much longer single-deckers like the More/Wilts & Dorset buses - as London recently learnt the hard way.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money, money produced through ever increasing fares. How often do we see a DD Bus filled to its capacity, if at all, not very often. It is more common to see these buses with a handful of passengers onboard. Secondly, they ignorantly slow, holding up traffic due to slow speed, wasting time at stops, hanging around at stops holding up traffic. And finally, the drivers cannot pull in correctly at the stops. Smaller buses, similar to those used by More buses/Wilts and Dorset are needed.[/p][/quote]Well there really is no pleasing some folk.......best to walk then! This is a welcome investment, traditional double-deck buses make far more practical sense in terms of available peak time passenger seating capacity and occupied public road space than lower capacity but much longer single-deckers like the More/Wilts & Dorset buses - as London recently learnt the hard way. muscliffman
  • Score: 10

1:14pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Double deckers are great. All the annoying chav type dodgy characters always head upstairs and sit at the back larking about. Meanwhile, downstairs remains reasonably civilized if you can ignore the teenage mums and their prams filled with tomorrows unemployable planet polluters.
Double deckers are great. All the annoying chav type dodgy characters always head upstairs and sit at the back larking about. Meanwhile, downstairs remains reasonably civilized if you can ignore the teenage mums and their prams filled with tomorrows unemployable planet polluters. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Townee says...

Perhaps some of the 3 town travel scheme money should have been spent on the roads instead of more heavy buses that help break up the road surface.
Perhaps some of the 3 town travel scheme money should have been spent on the roads instead of more heavy buses that help break up the road surface. Townee
  • Score: 0

1:51pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Sagacity says...

At last Yellow Buses are buying some sensible buses. Many years ago practically the whole fleet was double deckers when the council owned the company. When road space is so scarce these days, especially in Gervis Place through which most of Yellow Buses routes pass, double deckers allow the maximum number of passengers in a given amount of road space. How sensible it would be if More/ Wilts and Dorset used double deckers on their very frequent M1 and M2 services. They could cut the frequencies slightly( few passengers would notice), which would cut down on road congestion and pollution and allow a large savings in costs for the company. This could help to keep fares down, pay the drivers more and increase the profitability of the company.
At last Yellow Buses are buying some sensible buses. Many years ago practically the whole fleet was double deckers when the council owned the company. When road space is so scarce these days, especially in Gervis Place through which most of Yellow Buses routes pass, double deckers allow the maximum number of passengers in a given amount of road space. How sensible it would be if More/ Wilts and Dorset used double deckers on their very frequent M1 and M2 services. They could cut the frequencies slightly( few passengers would notice), which would cut down on road congestion and pollution and allow a large savings in costs for the company. This could help to keep fares down, pay the drivers more and increase the profitability of the company. Sagacity
  • Score: 6

2:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Ganmor says...

It is a shame that these particular vehicles are very loud when parked at bus stops. They were intended for another bus company, hence the material of the seats not being the normal. No doubt these buses will add to the congestion in the Square & get parked at stands marked for More buses.

Not a fan of yellows, very fond of blowing their own trumpet a bit too often.
It is a shame that these particular vehicles are very loud when parked at bus stops. They were intended for another bus company, hence the material of the seats not being the normal. No doubt these buses will add to the congestion in the Square & get parked at stands marked for More buses. Not a fan of yellows, very fond of blowing their own trumpet a bit too often. Ganmor
  • Score: -12

3:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Ganmor wrote:
It is a shame that these particular vehicles are very loud when parked at bus stops. They were intended for another bus company, hence the material of the seats not being the normal. No doubt these buses will add to the congestion in the Square & get parked at stands marked for More buses.

Not a fan of yellows, very fond of blowing their own trumpet a bit too often.
Do you not remember how dreadfully loud the old pre-noise regulation buses were then? - clearly not.

However I am shocked to learn that the seat material in these new vehicles is apparently abnormal - no doubt intending passengers will simply refuse to ride on them.
[quote][p][bold]Ganmor[/bold] wrote: It is a shame that these particular vehicles are very loud when parked at bus stops. They were intended for another bus company, hence the material of the seats not being the normal. No doubt these buses will add to the congestion in the Square & get parked at stands marked for More buses. Not a fan of yellows, very fond of blowing their own trumpet a bit too often.[/p][/quote]Do you not remember how dreadfully loud the old pre-noise regulation buses were then? - clearly not. However I am shocked to learn that the seat material in these new vehicles is apparently abnormal - no doubt intending passengers will simply refuse to ride on them. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

7:01pm Wed 18 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

muscliffman wrote:
Ganmor wrote:
It is a shame that these particular vehicles are very loud when parked at bus stops. They were intended for another bus company, hence the material of the seats not being the normal. No doubt these buses will add to the congestion in the Square & get parked at stands marked for More buses.

Not a fan of yellows, very fond of blowing their own trumpet a bit too often.
Do you not remember how dreadfully loud the old pre-noise regulation buses were then? - clearly not.

However I am shocked to learn that the seat material in these new vehicles is apparently abnormal - no doubt intending passengers will simply refuse to ride on them.
What exactly is an abnormal seat covering anyway? As long as it's not made of sandpaper or drawing pins I'm sure it won't cause to much of an issue.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ganmor[/bold] wrote: It is a shame that these particular vehicles are very loud when parked at bus stops. They were intended for another bus company, hence the material of the seats not being the normal. No doubt these buses will add to the congestion in the Square & get parked at stands marked for More buses. Not a fan of yellows, very fond of blowing their own trumpet a bit too often.[/p][/quote]Do you not remember how dreadfully loud the old pre-noise regulation buses were then? - clearly not. However I am shocked to learn that the seat material in these new vehicles is apparently abnormal - no doubt intending passengers will simply refuse to ride on them.[/p][/quote]What exactly is an abnormal seat covering anyway? As long as it's not made of sandpaper or drawing pins I'm sure it won't cause to much of an issue. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Jonwel says...

What a dreadful noise these buses make. The Single blue buses are so quiet.
What a dreadful noise these buses make. The Single blue buses are so quiet. Jonwel
  • Score: -5

7:33pm Wed 18 Jun 14

OvercliffeObserver says...

“Having put the order in just a few weeks ago, they are already going into service to satisfy our increasing number of passenger trips.

The above is a complete lie - They were offered the double decker's last minute at a dirt cheap price as the company they were supposed to go to cancelled the order which is why the interiors are much nicer then the usual sweaty leather seats
“Having put the order in just a few weeks ago, they are already going into service to satisfy our increasing number of passenger trips. The above is a complete lie - They were offered the double decker's last minute at a dirt cheap price as the company they were supposed to go to cancelled the order which is why the interiors are much nicer then the usual sweaty leather seats OvercliffeObserver
  • Score: -2

11:57am Thu 19 Jun 14

herbert says...

To counter the comments about fare increases, here in East Dorset, the Yellows' fares are very good value. In fact, a YB return to Bournemouth (or even a day ticket) is cheaper today than a simple return was on the previous W&D service way back in 2007, (and that is nominal price, not index-linked).

No, I don't have any connection with Yellow Buses.
To counter the comments about fare increases, here in East Dorset, the Yellows' fares are very good value. In fact, a YB return to Bournemouth (or even a day ticket) is cheaper today than a simple return was on the previous W&D service way back in 2007, (and that is nominal price, not index-linked). No, I don't have any connection with Yellow Buses. herbert
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I wouldn't get overly concerned about the seat fabric. Once they've been peed on a few times they'll soon soften up.
I wouldn't get overly concerned about the seat fabric. Once they've been peed on a few times they'll soon soften up. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

OvercliffeObserver says...

herbert wrote:
To counter the comments about fare increases, here in East Dorset, the Yellows' fares are very good value. In fact, a YB return to Bournemouth (or even a day ticket) is cheaper today than a simple return was on the previous W&D service way back in 2007, (and that is nominal price, not index-linked).

No, I don't have any connection with Yellow Buses.
I agree that they use to be cheaper then morebus ( Wilts and Dorset ) but they have had 3 fare increases since then whereas More have only had 2 which now means that Morebus are now cheaper ( only by 10 or 20p for a single or return but 7 day tickets in the Bournemouth area are a good £1.50 cheaper which certainly adds up - Shame their is no multi operator ticket as that would certainly make me use the bus more frequently
[quote][p][bold]herbert[/bold] wrote: To counter the comments about fare increases, here in East Dorset, the Yellows' fares are very good value. In fact, a YB return to Bournemouth (or even a day ticket) is cheaper today than a simple return was on the previous W&D service way back in 2007, (and that is nominal price, not index-linked). No, I don't have any connection with Yellow Buses.[/p][/quote]I agree that they use to be cheaper then morebus ( Wilts and Dorset ) but they have had 3 fare increases since then whereas More have only had 2 which now means that Morebus are now cheaper ( only by 10 or 20p for a single or return but 7 day tickets in the Bournemouth area are a good £1.50 cheaper which certainly adds up - Shame their is no multi operator ticket as that would certainly make me use the bus more frequently OvercliffeObserver
  • Score: 0

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