Fears for future of Yellow Buses

Residents have expressed their concern this week after the announcement that Yellow Buses has gone into administration but at this stage service 18 that serves Broadstone will continue its usual service.

The company, which has been operating for 120 years has seen several different ownerships throughout its history, most recently changing hands via a management buy-out in 2019.

The company fell into administration last month following sharp increases in fuel and other running costs and reduced post-pandemic passenger numbers.

Some services are running a reduced timetable but for now, 18 will run as usual. We understand that talks are progressing with a national provider and will be working to ensure that Broadstone retains its service, which is part subsidised by BCP Council.

The council recently submitted its bus improvement plan to Government, which was required for the council to receive any funding towards services, but we have expressed concerns that unless bus services are made available to people closer to their homes and at lower fares, their use is unlikely to increase to such a point as to be an effective method of reducing congestion.

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