28 brand new double decker buses are on order to serve the area this summer - thanks to a £7.7 million investment.
This follows the recent route expansion in August 2022, with the introduction of 10 new services serving Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch The company moved rapidly to replace Bournemouth Yellow Buses services after the biggest collapse of a bus operator for more than 30 years.
A process that would normally take months was telescoped into barely 48 hours after administrators announced Yellow Buses would stop operating.
The last Yellow Buses ran on Thursday, August 4. Morebus had vehicles running on almost all the Yellows’ routes, with more than 70 of its former rival’s staff behind the wheels, on Saturday.
|HF69 CRV, ADL Enviro400 MMC at the Morebus depot|
The new buses will be British built and will be E400 MMC's with Euro 6 low emissions engine - the cleanest standard for diesel. The new vehicles will have start stop technology allowing the bus engines to cut out at bus stops and junctions.
The Morebus press release says "The buses are kinder to the environment, and are very similar to our new fleet of Unibus vehicles - but with new seat, cloth and floor design.
The new fleet of ADL Enviro 400 double decker buses will initially serve the Morebus m1 route between Poole, Bournemouth and Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The m1 is currently operated with single decker vehicles, so customers will enjoy an increase in seating capacity along this route as well as additional views from the top deck.
The new buses will also run on our 5/5A Bournemouth to Kinson service.
The aim is to make sustainable transport a more attractive proposition, in order to entice people out of their cars. One full double decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road - and this latest investment is a huge step in that direction"
Read about the demise of Bournemouth Yellow Buses here