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Coronavirus Updates

1 month ago Fri 17th Apr 2020

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Last updated: Sunday 31st May 18:04

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the way we operate our buses has changed. We have amended many of our processes in order to keep our customers and our colleagues safe, and reduced the number of services we run to match the current key-worker travel demand.

As the lockdown starts to ease, we are beginning to increase our service levels to accommodate those who rely on the bus to get to and from work, school and shops. Please see the latest advice on keeping yourself safe on-board before making a journey.

If you, as a customer, are displaying signs of coronavirus, we ask that you do not use public transport at this time and follow the advice issued by the NHS.

Cleaning and safety

Safety is our number one priority. We are following the advice of the Government and Public Health England and are continually looking at ways to minimise contact and transmission.

Bus operators have extensive cleaning regimes that maintain high levels of hygiene for passengers to protect the health and well-being of their customers and employees. These regimes are carefully monitored and reviewed. We are ensuring a greater focus on high-touch areas and increasing activity where necessary. We have also blocked off certain seats on-board to maintain social distancing, and we are asking customers to pay using contactless or mobile app to minimise cash handling - however, cash payments are still accepted for those who cannot pay by any other means.

We have also installed safety screens in our driving cabs to create a protective layer between our drivers and customers.

Enhanced social distancing measures have been put in place across our buses including some seats being made out of use. To maintain social distancing, we will only accept a certain number of passengers on each bus and some buses may reach a temporary capacity meaning they cannot accept any more customers. We will regularly monitor this to ensure that we try to have the right capacity running at all times. Please observe the on-board guidance regarding where to sit to maintain a good distance between you and other passengers.

Ticket acceptance

BCP Council and Dorset Council have relaxed the rules surrounding ENCTS concessionary passes for older people and the disabled. This means they can now travel at any time without restrictions.

We have partnered with Yellow Buses and are accepting their tickets on our services, and they are accepting our tickets on their services. This is to ensure that key workers can get to and from work easily whilst both operators are running revised timetables. Our drivers and Yellow Buses drivers will recognise returns, dayriders and weekly passes - paper, apps or smartcards. Tickets for journeys across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Wimborne and New Milton are valid. 

How services are running

To maintain social distancing, we have relocated some of our services within and around Poole Bus Station. Some stands have been blocked off and others have been relocated to other spots on Kingland Road and Seldown Coach Park. Please see the map and list below so you know where you will need to catch your bus from.

An image of a map of Poole Bus Station showing the stand changes from 31st May 2020

Route Summary of changes Timetable
m1/m2 Each route running up to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every 15 minutes on Sunday. On common sections, these routes run up to every 5 minutes Monday to Saturday and up to every 7-8 minutes every Sunday combined

STAND CHANGE - m1 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand AA and m2 continues to leave Poole Bus Station from Stand B
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N1/N2 Withdrawn  
3 Withdrawn, however the 4 will be adapted to serve Corfe Mullen and Merley on some journeys - see below  
4 Running every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday, with every second service running to both Corfe Mullen and Merley (every half hour), with an hourly service on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 4 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand M
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5/6 Running half hourly Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday. On common sections, these routes run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday (as route 5)

STAND CHANGE - 5/6 now leave Poole Bus Station from Stand O
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7A Normal Monday to Saturday timetable View
7B Normal Monday to Saturday timetable View
7C Normal Monday to Saturday timetable View
8 Running every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday from Poole via Hamworthy with two out of the four hourly services terminating at Turlin Moor, with a normal hourly service on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 8 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand J
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9 Running half hourly Monday to Saturday from Poole via Creekmoor, Upton, Turlin Moor and Hamworthy with a normal hourly service on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 9 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand L
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10 Running every two hours Monday to Saturday with no service on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 10 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand H
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11 Running hourly with no Sunday service

STAND CHANGE - 11 now leaves Poole from Stop K1 on the opposite side of Kingland Road from Poole Bus Station
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13 Running half-hourly Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday View
14 Running half-hourly Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 14 now leaves Poole from Stand K3 on the opposite side of Kingland Road from Poole Bus Station
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15 Running hourly  hourly Monday to Saturday with no service on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 15 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand H
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16/17 Each route running half-hourly Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday. On common sections, these routes run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every half hour on Sunday

STAND CHANGE 16/17 now leaves Poole from Stand K2 on the opposite side of Kingland Road from Poole Bus Station
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20 Running every two hours Monday to Saturday

STAND CHANGE - 20 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand F
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24 Normal Monday to Friday school holiday timetable View
32 Normal Monday to Saturday timetable

STAND CHANGE - 32 now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand F
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38 Running to a revised timetable with all journeys rerouted via Heatherlands Estate in both directions with fewer journeys View
40 Running hourly Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - 40 now leaves Poole from Stand S1 in Seldown Coach Park
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50 Running every two hours Monday to Sunday from Bournemouth to Sandbanks for as long as the ferry is suspended. A limited service will operate from Studland to Swanage. Customers should change at Sandbanks and Swanage for a connection via the 60 from Sandbanks to Poole and the 40 from Poole to Swanage. We are aware the ferry is due to return soon and we will provide an update on our plan of action shortly. View
60 Running every two hours Monday to Saturday between Poole and Sandbanks with no service between Poole and Rockley Park. We have also introduced a Sunday service which matches the weekday service level

STAND CHANGE - 60 towards Sandbanks now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand F
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112 Normal Tuesday and Thursday school holiday timetable View
119 Normal Monday to Saturday school holiday timetable View
125 Normal Monday, Wednesday and Friday timetable View
191 Normal Monday to Friday timetable View
193 Normal Monday to Friday timetable View
RouteONE Running half-hourly Monday to Saturday

STAND CHANGE - RouteONE now leaves Poole Bus Station from Stand D
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Ringo 1 & 2 Running every half hour Monday to Saturday with no service on Sunday View
X1/X2 Running hourly Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sunday

Christchurch market returns on Monday 1st June. As a result, the normal Monday diversion will be in place for the X1 and X2 between 0600 and 1800 every Monday. Buses towards Lymington stop outside Waitrose in Fountain Way and buses towards Bournemouth stop in Bargates
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X3 Running every half hour Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sunday View
X6 Running hourly between Poole and Ringwood Monday to Saturday with no service on Sunday. There is no service between Ringwood and Bournemouth - customers should connect using the X3

STAND CHANGE - X6 now leaves Poole from Stand K1 on the opposite side of Kingland Road
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X8 Running hourly Monday to Saturday with no service on Sunday

STAND CHANGE - X8 now leaves Poole from Stand S1 in Seldown Coach Park
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X8A Normal Monday to Sunday school holiday timetable View
ASDA Normal Monday to Saturday timetable View
Cango Normal timetable View
Bluestar 6 Revised Monday to Saturday timetable to every 2 hours with Sundays withdrawn View
UNIBUS Will continue to be suspended with the exception of the U3 which runs hourly Monday to Saturday View U3

Some roadside and website/mobile app live time information may be inaccurate - view our guide on this. We are updating printed roadside publicity at key hub bus stops, but lesser used stops may be incorrect.

This situation will be reviewed regularly, and if we need to make any further changes, we will update you in the normal way.

Customer support

Our Poole travel shop is closed until further notice - this will continue until the government restrictions have been lifted.

Our customer service team continue to be on hand to assist with any queries you may have, but they are operating to revised hours: Monday to Friday 8am until 5pm with a lunchtime closure between 1pm and 1:30pm, until further notice. We ask that if your query isn't urgent, that you contact us using the online form as our telephone resource is limited.

Thank you!

Once again, we pay thanks to our fantastic colleagues who are still keeping the wheels turning, and to you, our customers, for your support and cooperation in this difficult time.

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