MOREBUS has merged two of its services to create a new route between Rockley Park and Sandbanks.

The 152 route has been withdrawn, and a revised Purbeck Breezer 60 route is now running in its place.

Bus journeys from Rockley Park to Sandbanks go via Poole Bus Station and Lilliput. Outward bound journeys also stop at Poole Quay.

Morebus' general manager David Heckles said: “We have listened to feedback and have developed this new option for our customers.

“The revised Breezer 60 route provides people with the opportunity to relax, leave their cars behind and enjoy all that Rockley Park, Poole and Sandbanks have to offer.

“Many of the buses are open-top during the summer months, so this is great for holidaymakers at Rockley Park wishing to enjoy the sunshine and views whilst travelling to Poole and Sandbanks beach – with onward connections to both Swanage and Bournemouth.

“Local residents can also take advantage of the chance to explore Hamworthy and Rockley Park by open-top bus throughout the summer. The revised Breezer 60 route can only be a good thing for tourism and for the environment.”

The Breezer 60 buses will regain their roofs after the summer season, but the new route will remain in place throughout the winter.

Geoffrey Smith, Rockley Park's general manager, said: “We are very pleased that the open top bus, Breezer 60, is now part of the Rockley Park route. Public transport is a great way to explore the area - and we know that the community, as well as our holiday guests, will thoroughly enjoy the experience.”