Morebus steps in as Yellow Buses to cease trading

Go-Ahead-owned Morebus is stepping in to help plug the gaps to be left by Yellow Buses.

Bournemouth-based Yellow Buses is to cease trading tonight (4 August 2022).

“We are sad to learn that Yellow Buses will soon cease trading, and we understand the impact this will have on those who rely on its services in the region, as well as on its employees,” said Morebus managing director, Andrew Wickham.

“I can reassure local people and visitors to the area that Morebus is now ready to step in” – Morebus managing director, Andrew Wickham

“I can reassure local people and visitors to the area that Morebus is now ready to step in, to ensure bus users can still get to where they need to go. We have moved additional vehicles to the area, in order to provide the service needed – including 15 brand new Euro VI, low emissions, buses that Morebus and Bournemouth University have invested in.

“These were delivered ahead of schedule, and are ready for the road – so that our current fleet can be used to fill the gaps left by Yellow Buses.

“For Yellow Buses drivers who are concerned about their careers, I’m pleased to report that Morebus is increasing its rate of pay from this coming Sunday, to £13.00 an hour. And, for a limited period, we will continue to offer our £2,000 welcome bonus for anyone who joins with a PCV licence.

“These benefits are not limited to Yellow Buses drivers – but apply to any drivers who wish to join our team. For anyone who doesn’t already hold a licence, that’s not a problem we can provide full training. We also have vacancies for depot shunters/cleaners, engineers and customer service assistants.

“We recognise the impact a change of operator will have on passengers, and appreciate some people may already have tickets from Yellow Buses. We are happy to accept these up until and including Saturday 13 August, as we welcome new customers on board our award-winning services.”

A temporary, emergency timetable is being introduced by Morebus for the time being, according to Andrew. The plan is to increase service levels as soon as possible. The Go-Ahead-owned operator’s services are to start from Saturday 6 August.

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