Following feedback from our customers on the changes we made in June to the service 3, known as the Wimborne to Poole Flyer, we have decided to re-introduce a fast, direct, every 30 minute service between Wimborne, Corfe Mullen, Broadstone, Broadstone Way and Poole from Monday 17 September. This new service, which will be route 3 will run Monday to Saturday only.
This will run in addition to the current 4 route introduced earlier June 2012 but from September there will be an alternative timetable between Wimborne, Broadstone and Poole.
Ed Will Operations Director of Wilts & Dorset, said that following extensive consultation with TravelWatch SouthWest (the public transport passenger ‘watchdog’ for South West England), he believes that the upgraded 3 and 4 services will restore the benefits previously enjoyed by those commuting on the Flyer, but still have the opportunity to encourage more people to use buses, whilst ensuring the routes remain viable.
“The number 4 bus will still run every 30 minutes between Wimborne, Merley, Broadstone, Waterloo Estate and Poole, and every 15 minutes between Broadstone, Waterloo Estate and Poole. In addition, new service 3 will run every 30 minutes from Wimborne, Corfe Mullen and Broadstone, and then fast to Poole. The total number of buses between Broadstone and Poole will increase from 4 per hour to 6 per hour, and we will still run every 15 minutes from Wimborne to Poole. Service 4 will continue to run through Merley and Corfe Mullen during the evening and on Sundays.
We hope that people in the Poole - Wimborne corridor will take time to examine the new services and as many concessionary pass holders, who can travel free, will consider using the bus rather than make a journey by car.”
Gordon Edwards, a Director of TravelWatch SouthWest, said :”Bus users in Poole and South East Dorset will be delighted at the decision of Wilts & Dorset to reinstate the popular direct bus services between Poole, Broadstone and Wimborne via Broadstone Way, thereby delivering a welcome reduction in journey times – it is now imperative that the new route 3 is supported by local residents to ensure that this reinstated facility can continue to be provided for many years, despite the difficult current financial position for operators of local bus services."
We are now in the process of producing new printed publicity and will be working on new versions for the website too. However in the meantime please take a preview of the new timetables here by downloading the following pdf