Wednesday, 25 June 2014

50: Bournemouth - Swanage


The 50 is on a sunny day one of the prettiest bus journeys in the world. It links the south coast's biggest resort with one of Dorset's most beautiful seaside villages, plus it goes on a ferry! Oh and it's run with open top buses! The 50 runs every 30 mins during the school holidays and at weekends over the summer, reducing to roughly hourly over the winter. It's operated by Go Ahead's More under the Purbeck Breezer sub-brand. See a detailed route map of the 50 hereClick here to discover more bus routes in the stunning South West.


Places served




The 50 starts from stand A at Bournemouth Interchange, right outside the town's railway station. Here the station is on the left and stand A is on the right in the distance:


There's a large Asda supermarket right next to the Interchange, good for a sandwich before you set off!

In the town centre itself, the 50 takes the following route:


Buses towards Swanage use stops U and E. Here's stop U on Gervis Place at The Square:


...and here's stop E on Priory Road outside the Beacon Hotel:


Here are some links of things to see and do in Bournemouth:





Buses towards Swanage use stop 3 on Seamoor Road, opposite M&S Simply Food, near the County Gates:


Buses towards Bournemouth stop outside L&R Shoe Repairs on Poole Road:


Westbourne is worth a look around, if you have the time:




Buses towards Swanage stop outside Barclays Bank on Haven Road:


Buses towards Bournemouth stop on Western Road near the Mazda dealership:





Buses towards Swanage stop here, right before the chain ferry crossing:


Buses towards Bournemouth stop opposite at the bus shelter:





In Studland village after the beaches, buses in both directions stop on Swanage Road. Buses to Swanage on the right, buses to Bournemouth on the left:


There's a useful page of information about Studland and Purbeck here.




The 50 starts from Swanage Bus Station, which is actually just this bus stop outside the heritage railway station:


It then runs along Shore Road, with buses to Bournemouth stopping just over the road from the beach. Here are some links of things to see and do in Swanage:


Timetables

See the full timetable on More's website here.

Here are your links for live scheduled departure times from major stops towards Swanage:



...and back towards Bournemouth



Fares


Some single and return fares are listed here. Here are some fares from Bournemouth:

  • Westbourne: £1.60 single, £2.20 return
  • Sandbanks: £3.40 single, £4.10 return
  • Swanage: £6.30 single, £8.10 return


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 50 is the Zone ABC Dayrider at £8.50, which is valid on the entire networks of More, Salisbury Reds, Bluestar and Damory.

If you're only travelling between Bournemouth and Sandbanks, then a Zone A Dayrider at £4.10 is for you. It's valid on More buses throughout Bournemouth and Poole. See the exact Dayrider zones here.


There is a multi-operator ticket available for Bournemouth and Poole, called Getting About. It's valid on the 50 between Bournemouth and Sandbanks and costs £5.80. It's also valid on all More, Yellow Buses, First, Gardbus, Damory, Dolphin and Shaftesbury & District services within the boroughs of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.


If you're arriving in Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch by train, then you can use a Bournemouth Plusbus ticket to travel on the 50 as far as Sandbanks. It has the same validity as a Getting About ticket, but will cost you less. The only drawback is that it can only be bought with a valid rail ticket to or from Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch or Branksome.

Connections


The 50 starts from Bournemouth railway station, with direct trains to Weymouth, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke, London Waterloo, Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and beyond.

You can see More's network map here.

From the town centre of Bournemouth, you can connect with the following major routes:



In Westbourne, connect with the frequent More M1/M2 service to Poole.

Change at Canford Cliffs for More 60, also to Poole.

In Swanage, you can connect with More 40 to Wareham and Poole.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

Monday, 23 June 2014

1: Bolton - Blackburn


The 1 connects Bolton in Greater Manchester with Blackburn in Lancashire. It runs every 15 minutes weekday daytimes, 20 minutes Saturdays and hourly in the evenings with a half-hourly daytime-only service on Sundays. Additional short journeys run between Blackburn and Darwen only. This service is operated by Transdev Lancashire United. Click here to discover more bus routes in the North West.


Places served




The 1 starts from Moor Lane Bus Station in Bolton, using stand S most of the time, but switching to stand Q after 1900 Mon-Sats and all day on Sundays.



Here in yellow is the exact route taken in the centre of Bolton:


The 1 then runs along the Blackburn Road through Bolton's northern suburbs, including past Asda.

Here are some links with ideas of things to see and do in Bolton:




Buses towards Bolton stop on the right and buses to Blackburn stop in the distance on the left near the Cross Guns pub:


If you're hungry, then stop off in Egerton and pop into either JJ's or Angelo's:




Buses towards Blackburn stop outside Code 21 on Market Street:

Buses towards Bolton use stop 1 on Parliament Street, near the junction with Church Street:

Why not try Darwen's best rated restaurant: Resh's on Blackburn Road? Get off the 1 at Lloyd Street.




The 1 starts from stand 15 at Blackburn Bus Station. A new bus station is due to open in January 2015, so if travelling after then, check local publicity to see where the 1 goes from.

It then serves a couple of other stops in the town centre, including on Darwen Street, outside Cash Converters:

Discover more of Blackburn's delights via these links:

Timetable

You can find the full timetable on the websites of Transdev or Transport for Greater Manchester.

Here are your links for live scheduled bus times from major stops towards Blackburn:



...and back towards Bolton:



Fares


The cheapest ticket that is valid the full length of route 1 is the Silver One Day ticket at £6 for an adult. It is valid all day on all Transdev buses within the Silver Zone:

If you're travelling further afield on Transdev routes, then the Gold One Day ticket at £9 for an adult is also valid throughout route 1.

For shorter journeys, the SpotOn One Day ticket at £4.20 is valid on the 1 between Blackburn and Darwen Cemetery. It's also valid on all Transdev buses within Blackburn and Darwen.


If you're only going to be travelling within Greater Manchester, which on the 1 means between Bolton and Moss Cottages in Dimple, then you can use System One's range of multi-operator and multi-modal tickets, which are valid on all buses in Greater Manchester. An adult off-peak any bus Day Saver is currently £5.20.

The TfGM Wayfarer day out ticket at £11 is valid on the 1 between Bolton and Darwen Town Centre. It's valid throughout Greater Manchester and into parts of the neighbouring counties, including most of the Peak District, on buses, trains and trams. It can't be bought on the bus, so make sure you buy one before you board.


If you're connecting by train, then Greater Manchester Plusbus tickets have the same validity as the System One Day Saver mentioned above, which on the 1 means Bolton to Dimple only.

Blackburn, Darwen & Accrington Plusbus has the same validity as Transdev's Spot On tickets, which on the 1 means Blackburn to Darwen Cemetery only.

Connections


See a map of all bus routes in Bolton here. From Bolton Bus Station, you can connect with the following major routes:



See a map of bus routes across Blackburn and Darwen here. Connect in Blackburn for the following major destinations:



The 1 passes close to the following railway stations:



Extract of rail map showing the 1's route in yellow.

Alternatives

First 533 provides an alternative route between Bolton and Egerton.

Within Bolton, additional routes along Blackburn Road are Arriva 534, 535, 537, 538 and 539.

Between Darwen and Blackburn, you can also use Transdev 2 via a different route.

For direct journeys between Bolton, Darwen and Blackburn, the only alternative to the 1 is the train service operated by Northern Rail. Timetable here. An adult single from Bolton to Blackburn on the train costs £6.10 and an off-peak (travel after 0859 weekdays, anytime weekends) return costs £6.30. A Duo return ticket is available off-peak for two adults for £9.40 (excluding weekends in December). See more train fares here.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.