The BAT Bus

'Helping local people get out and about, make friends and feel part of the world again'

Many people who live alone and feel isolated find new friends when they join the BAT Bus. Not only will they meet new people when they book a shopping trip, they can also go on many of the outings. These outings provide a chance to make new friends, get out and about and feel part of the world again. Losing that independence which was once so precious leads to depression and unhappiness. When the BAT Bus driver rings the doorbell friendly faces appear, hellos are made and life begins again.

The BAT Bus provides a door-to-door shopping service in the Bournemouth area; a programme of Wednesday afternoon and full day Saturday outings are also available to members.The BAT Bus is a purpose built minibus with a lift/ramp and accessible steps. As well as seated passengers, it can also accommodate a number of manual/powered wheelchair users. Friendly and helpful drivers collect members from their home and take them to the shops for approximately 2 hours shopping time. All of the BAT Bus drivers are MIDAS trained.

Who can use the BAT Bus?
The service is for anyone living in the Bournemouth area (postcode areas BH1 - BH11 inclusive) who have difficulty in coping with public transport. Carers, guide and assistance dogs can travel on the BAT Bus.

Where does the BAT Bus go?
Bus 1: (shopping time approx 2 hours)
Sovereign Shopping Centre 
(drop off Shopmobility)
                                                                                                                                                                                           

Bus 2: (shopping time approx 2 hours)
Castlepoint Shopping Centre (drop off Shopmobility)
Castlepoint Top Mall (drop off outside M&S) 

sedcat are pleased to announce a new service for the BAT Bus starting on 28th May 2016 helping to prevent rural isolation in parts of East Dorset. This follows on from cuts to local transport in Dorset.

 Weekly Saturday service into Wimborne and Ferndown Town Centre

If you live in an area served by the No 88 bus or Leigh Rd, Wimborne Rd West, Cowgrove, Pamphill, Shapwick, Holt, Furzehill, gaunt's Common or Ameysford then you are able to use this new Sedction 19 wheelchair accessible community bus.

You do not need to be elderly or disabled to use this Saturday service. You are not able to use a concesionary bus pass on this section 19 service.

Return fare £4.00

You will need to pre-book on 01202 399771 up to 12.00pm the day before.

For more details and eligibility to use any of these new services, please telephone the sedcat booking line on 01202 399700 or email info@sedcat.org.uk

 New monthly Monday morning Bus service to Wimborne 
The BAT Bus will collect members from their homes in Northbourne, Kinson, East Howe, West Howe, Bear Cross, Bearwood, Canford Magna,Merley, Colehill, Winton, Queen's Park, Townsend, Muscliffe and Throop.The bus will drop off at Waitrose and Wimborne Town Centre on the first Monday in every month. Please ask if you live in areas not mentioned as we may still be able to accommodate you.

Return fare: £5.00

How much will the BAT Bus cost?
An annual membership fee of £10 will register people with the scheme. Morning shopping trips to Castlepoint and Sovereign Centre costs £5 return, other journeys are as stated.

  Afternoon outings cost £5.50 and full day outings cost £9.

Where do the outings go?
Outings operate every Wednesday afternoon and alternative Saturdays (all day). The list is varied and includes trips into the New Forest, garden centres and local markets, mystery trips are also run. Pubs are often visited so that members can have lunch out together. A list of outings is sent out to members with a quarterly newsletter. To see our current list click on outings from the menu.

Outings offer a chance to make friends, get out and about and feel part of the 
world again.


How can I become a member of the BAT Bus?
To join sedcat please telephone 01202 399700 and ask for an information pack. Alternatively, you can email us at info@sedcat.org.uk