Broadstone residents call for Route 3 bus to be reintroduced

Bournemouth Echo: ROUTE ROW: Broadstone residents queue to catch the No 3 Wilts and Dorset bus from The Broadway ROUTE ROW: Broadstone residents queue to catch the No 3 Wilts and Dorset bus from The Broadway

BRING back our Route 3! This is the demand by Broadstone and Corfe Mullen bus users who have blasted the alternative as slow, overcrowded and unreliable.

The controversial axing of the No. 3 caused uproar when it was proposed. The fast service used to whip down Holes Bay from Broadstone, bringing passengers to the rail station in just 10 minutes. A campaign by residents saw the flyer reinstated as the 4X for Broadstone commuters during the morning and evening rush hours.

But other travellers were not so fortunate. Instead of the No 3, Wilts and Dorset added an additional bus every hour to the existing ‘all-around-the houses’ No 4 route. Residents were told their journey to Poole would be just six minutes longer on this bus, but since the change on June 3, local councillors say they have been inundated with complaints that it can take up to half an hour extra.

Broadstone ward councillor Mike Brooke said: “We are getting letters emails, phone calls and every time I go into Broadstone I get stopped by people making complaints.

“There’s no improvement to reliability – sometimes buses don’t turn up or two come along at once. It’s always full with elderly passengers forced to stand all round the houses. There are times when it’s so full it doesn’t stop to pick people up – mothers with young children have just been left at the bus stop.

“People want the number 3 back – the number 4 is a disaster.”

Corfe Mullen County Councillor Susan Jefferies told the Echo residents in her area were similarly unhappy. One such is Liz Porter, a PA, who now has to leave an hour earlier at 5.40am to get her to Winchelsea School for work at 7.30am.

She said: “The 4 takes twice as long so I have to take that into account. They are not encouraging anybody to use public transport at all. When I first moved to Corfe Mullen there were five buses servicing the village – now we’re down to one which doesn’t provide a service for commuters. It’s not as if we’re in the middle of nowhere here.”

Ed Wills, operations director for Wilts & Dorset said he can assure customers that the situation regarding the services between Wimborne to Poole were being closely monitored.

“Many of the changes made to our services on the June 3 have generally been welcomed and have the potential to increase passenger numbers. However we are concerned about some comments regarding the Wimborne – Poole services.

“We are currently assessing the feedback from everyone including customers, drivers and our management team to see where improvements may be required in the level of service provided.”

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2:53pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Rednax says...

Come on W&D, listen to your customers!
Come on W&D, listen to your customers! Rednax
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3:19pm Thu 28 Jun 12

no vested interest says...

Why isn't Poole more user friendly.The buses have always been a problem,ever since I can remember.It really seems like the people that run the place have it in for the people that live there.Its a mystery it really is,strange....
Why isn't Poole more user friendly.The buses have always been a problem,ever since I can remember.It really seems like the people that run the place have it in for the people that live there.Its a mystery it really is,strange.... no vested interest
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4:46pm Thu 28 Jun 12

topofall says...

Fat chance of the 3, a sensible well used service, being put back by this useless bus company who are only interested in competing with Yellow Buses on the 'More' routes. Forget the feeder services!
Fat chance of the 3, a sensible well used service, being put back by this useless bus company who are only interested in competing with Yellow Buses on the 'More' routes. Forget the feeder services! topofall
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8:54pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Tripod says...

Are you reading this Yellow Bus?
Maybe it's time there was a little competition on this route.
Are you reading this Yellow Bus? Maybe it's time there was a little competition on this route. Tripod
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9:21pm Thu 28 Jun 12

muscliffman says...

Tripod wrote:
Are you reading this Yellow Bus?
Maybe it's time there was a little competition on this route.
Given recent history they will clearly see there is no money to be made running buses in the Broadstone area - or Wilts & Dorset would obviously not be cutting back.
Then there is all the never ending, all too frequently reported, moaning!
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: Are you reading this Yellow Bus? Maybe it's time there was a little competition on this route.[/p][/quote]Given recent history they will clearly see there is no money to be made running buses in the Broadstone area - or Wilts & Dorset would obviously not be cutting back. Then there is all the never ending, all too frequently reported, moaning! muscliffman
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4:39pm Fri 29 Jun 12

pastA35 says...

The new 4 service allows people in Oakdale, Fleetsbridge, Creekmoor and Waterloo Estate to get buses directly to Merley, Corfe Mullen or Wimborne without having to change at Broadstone. Also, it improves the frequency of buses to Poole in those areas.
The new 4 service allows people in Oakdale, Fleetsbridge, Creekmoor and Waterloo Estate to get buses directly to Merley, Corfe Mullen or Wimborne without having to change at Broadstone. Also, it improves the frequency of buses to Poole in those areas. pastA35
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