More Buses is one of Bournemouth and Poole’s main bus operators. This service, formerly known as Wilts and Dorset (established 1983), has operated routes around the town since 2004.
The company currently runs 39 bus services including the popular M1 and M2, which bridge Bournemouth and Poole, plus four dedicated university ‘U’ routes, ‘X’ buses into the New Forest and Salisbury and a fleet of Purbeck Breezers, which travel a scenic route between Bournemouth and Swanage, along the coast and across the Sandbanks chain ferry.
Wilts and Dorset
The More brand replaced the Wilts and Dorset name on its fleet in 2012, marking a milestone in the history of this local transport operator. But it had already been running various ‘premium’ routes since December 2004 – replacing the popular 101 to 105 routes between Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch and the 155, 156 and 157 services between Poole and Canford Heath.
M1 and M2
A transformation from their low-rise Wilts and Dorset predecessors, these buses were distinctive in their red and blue liveries with their slogan: “Looks like a bus, works like a dream.” Such was the initial success of these flagship routes that the M1 and M2 services were soon extended between the Castlepoint shopping centre and Bournemouth railway station.
In 2008 one of the brand’s most unique routes came into service – the “Nightbus”. This provides half-hourly late-night transport on prominent journeys; the N1 between Poole Bus Station and the Broadway Tavern (Castle Lane) and the N2 running between Bournemouth Square and Southbourne (Fisherman’s Walk).
Students at Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth have access to More Bus’s dedicated ‘Unibus’ service, which ferries them to and from the main Talbot Campus in Wallisdown and the various university buildings in the town centre. These buses have WiFi and USB chargers on board which can be used free of charge – ideal for keeping in touch and up to date on the go. Students also use the Route 17, which connects the university with Bournemouth and Poole via both railway stations.