LETTERS: Merley will miss out on bus services
THE headline in the Stour and Avon Magazine of 20th September, 'Return of Stapehill bus services welcomed' may indeed be a triumph for Janet Dover and very good news for those not on the route of the half hourly service 13 between Wimborne and Bournemouth. However, the article neglects to mention that the second new service along Wimborne Road West from 3rd November, the Yellow Buses 4d, will see the demise of the Yellows' current 4d Wimborne - Bournemouth service via Merley which has offered great promise.
This will leave Merley with W&D's circuitous No 4 route to Poole and just two buses a day to Bournemouth - on the adventurous Route 32. What a contrast to the period from 2006 - 2012 when Merley was provided with a direct - No 3 'Flyer' - service to Poole calling at the railway station and, from 2011, the inaugural Yellow Buses service in this area, the 4d to Bournemouth along Magna Road. This direct route has proved extremely reliable and seemed set to stay, so will be sadly missed by those who have supported it. The 4d route has always had much potential, with transport connections at Bournemouth Station and the Lansdowne, but I have seen little effort at marketing the route and doubt whether the majority of Merley residents are aware of its existence, having little faith in bus services after a history of unreliability and disappointment over more than 30 years.
It seems unfortunate that our rival bus companies can not devise an integrated system of routes and fares without duplication on some routes and voids on others which benefit neither operator or user.
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