Transport

Published: August 7, 2022 | Updated: August 8, 2022

End of 120 years of service and a sight unlikely to be seen again as Yellow Buses cease trading

Yellow Buses in Gervis Place, Bournemouth, just hours before all services ceased. Picture: Dorset Biz News.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

It’s one of the most familiar – and colourful – sights in the heart of Bournemouth.

Single – and double – decker vehicles from Yellow Buses jostling for position as they pick up, and drop off, passengers in Gervis Place.

But no more.

Five hours after the picture above was taken all Yellow Buses’ services had ended.

Bournemouth Transport Ltd, which trades as Yellow Buses and only celebrated its 120th anniversary last month, ceased operations from 6pm on Thursday.

An attempt by administrators Simon Rowe and Rachel Hotham of Milsted Langdon to find a buyer for the bus operations had ultimately proved unsuccessful.

However, a deal to acquire the coaching and engineering operations of the business by National Express saved around 50 jobs.

And Eastleigh-based Xela Group said it has bought the Yellow Coaches Ltd brand.

As reported on Dorset Biz News, Morebus is stepping in with additional services this weekend following the demise of Yellow Buses.

It also offered a £3,000 welcome bonus to former drivers of Yellow Buses starting immediately on Friday.

Morebus said that, as a result, more than 100 former employees had signed up to join them.

Andrew Wickham, pictured right, Managing Director, Morebus, said: “We appreciate the situation former Yellow Buses employees have found themselves in.

“We are delighted to be able to offer them the opportunity to join Morebus.

“That is why we’re hosting a dedicated recruitment event – and inviting former Yellow Buses drivers to come and speak to our team with a view to fulfilling one of our vacancies.

“For those who would like to join us, we can offer the chance of immediate employment and genuine job security.

“Morebus is a friendly and welcoming place to work, with excellent rates of pay including an increase from August 7 to £13 an hour.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming a raft of new colleagues to the Morebus family, and to an exciting future for bus travel in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.”

Other employers have also reached out to former employees of Yellow Buses.

Good Oaks Home Care branches in East Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole and the New Forest are offering ex-staff of the bus company a guaranteed interview.

The home care company provides premium live-in and visiting care to people so they can live more independently in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible.

Sam Jones, pictured left, Co-founder of Good Oaks East Dorset, said: “Yellow Buses have served our community for over 100 years.

“I am sure we have all used their service at some point in our lives, so now it’s our turn to give back.

“We know people will be worried if they are affected by the closures, so we want to give staff an opportunity to explore the possibility of becoming a carer.

“So many of the skills that make people great customer service representatives and drivers are really transferable into care.”

Ex-Yellow Buses staff have been offered a guaranteed interview with a decision within 24 hours.

If accepted, they will be given fast-track training and vetting.

More information from carers@goodoakshomecare.co.uk

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