A Brief Look at Bus Routes in Westbourne

Posted on 23/06/2016 By

Bus routes in Westbourne

A Brief Look at Bus Routes in Westbourne.

In the days of Bournemouth Corporation Transport, Westbourne was served by a tram service that ran from Bournemouth Square all the way to Poole Railway Station. This ceased when Hants & Dorset Motor Services (originally Bournemouth & District Motor Services) started a motor bus service along the route.

Bus routes in Westbourne

Bournemouth Tram in Poole Road, Westbourne by the former Congregational Church.

When trolleybuses replaced the trams, Westbourne became the terminus of the route from Bournemouth – trolleys using the one-way loop around Seamoor Road and Poole Road to turn. Service 25, running through to Christchurch via Bournemouth & Boscombe became the main route. When trolleybuses were finally withdrawn, the route continued as a motor bus service.Since this time, there have been many changes. The company became “Yellow Buses”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bournemouth Corporation. It was subsequently sold to TransDev, who then sold the company on to the current owners “RAPT”.

The bus routes in Westbourne now bear little resemblance to the past. At one time the “Yellows” operated almost exclusively within the Bournemouth conurbation, leaving the out-lying areas to Hants & Dorset and sister company Wilts & Dorset. Wilts & Dorset now operates across the Bournemouth and Poole area under the “More” brand, and Yellow Buses operate several services into Poole. Ironically, services 1B and 1C now largely follow the original tram route!

Current Bus Routes in Westbourne.

(Stated frequencies are believed to be correct day-time service as at date of publishing. No responsibility can be taken for any errors, but please let us know if you find one! Please check the operators’ published timetables before travelling)

Yellow Buses:

1B – Poole, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Boscombe, Tuckton, Christchurch (every 15 minutes)
1C – Poole, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne, Tuckton, Christchurch, Somerford (every 15 minutes)18 – Bournemouth, Westbourne, Canford Heath, Broadstone (hourly)
20 – Poole, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Charminster, Castlepoint (hourly)
24 – Alum Chine, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Boscombe*, Hospital*, Christchurch*, Burton* (Half hourly / *hourly)

More Buses:

M1 – Poole, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Station, Charminster, Castlepoint (7 mins) (N1 at night)
M2 – Poole, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne (7 mins) (N2 at night)
16 – Poole, Alderney, Westbourne, Bournemouth (20 mins)
50 – Bournemouth, Westbourne, Sandbanks, Studland (via Ferry), Swanage (hourly)

Bournemouth Sightseeing Bus (Mar-Sep):

Operates from Bournemouth Pier, West Cliff, Westbourne, Sandbanks, Lilliput, Poole Park, Poole Quay, Ashley Cross, Westbourne, Bournemouth. (hourly)

Bus Routes in Westbourne.

Trolley Bus passing the Grand Cinema on route 25A in 1954. © Due Diligence

Bus Routes in Westbourne.

Yellow Bus 1b heading towards Poole, one of the bus routes in Westbourne, based partly on the old 25 bus route and earlier tram route. © expat

Bus Routes in Westbourne.

Morebus service 16 in Poole Road. © expat

Further Reference:
Yellow Buses
More BusesList of Yellow Bus Routes
City Sight Seeing Bournemouth

Poole RoadSeamoor RoadTransport    


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