Megabus partners with Yellow Buses to offer new connections to Bournemouth from Heathrow and London

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Yellow Buses started working with Megabus in December 2020 by covering some services during the festive season. Levante 8024 is seen in Falmouth, Cornwall. CRAIG GEORGE

Stagecoach-owned Megabus is to increase its network to serve a number of new destinations along the south coast

As the country starts to emerge from lockdown restrictions, Megabus has joined forces with Bournemouth-based Yellow Buses to offer a new service between Bournemouth and London via Heathrow Airport.

The new service will be operated by Yellow Buses, and will run daily except Tuesday and Wednesday offering five daily journeys in each direction from 21 May. The timetable has been designed to cater for day trippers from Bournemouth to London and vice versa, and includes a 2330hrs departure from London to provide a late night return for theatre goers and football supporters when people are able to return to such venues.

As on existing Megabus services, reserved seating will be offered as well as additional leg room seats and complimentary WiFi. In addition to the Bournemouth service, there will also be one daily journey between Weymouth, Dorchester, Bere Regis, Poole, Heathrow Airport and London.

Mark Venables, Megabus Managing Director, said: “The staycation summer is fast approaching and the south coast is a firm favourite for many of us.

“We are making day trips and longer stays to visit loved ones and tourist hotspots easier than before and at the same time, creating connections between the largest cities as well as airports across England, Wales and as far as Scotland.

“Yellow Buses is a highly respected local operator and it’s great to be able to partner with them to provide this service, as well as connecting journeys onto their local bus network to locations such as Christchurch and Wimborne.”

“More and more people are discovering and coming back to the exceptional value and comfort of choosing Megabus coaches as we emerge from the pandemic, with the added advantage of coach being an incredibly sustainable travel choice.”

David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses, added: “It is great to be able to partner with Megabus in providing these services. As the local operator of bus services in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation and south Dorset area, it is great for the local operator to be able to work with Megabus to provide the services.

“Megabus offers a great service, and like us expect the highest of standards from its drivers, so you can be sure of a great experience when travelling with us. The drivers are all local to Bournemouth and the surrounding area, so always have some help and advice to anyone visiting the area for the first time.

“With connecting tickets to be made available for the local service from Bournemouth to Christchurch and Wimborne, this will mean customers can purchase one simple ticket for their journey. We will also be selling Megabus tickets at our travel shop in Bournemouth.”