The shopping service to Castlepoint and Sovereign Centre, Boscombe will re-start on Thursday 16th July with some changes to keep everyone safe. Please follow this link to our BAT Bus COVID risk assessment document>>

The Bournemouth Accessible Transport (BAT) bus service is available for people who find it difficult to use public transport to get out and about.

“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 any of the social outings organised by sedcat.  These outings provide an opportunity to make new friends, get out and about and feel part of the world again.  

The BAT bus offers a door-to-door bus service for people who live in postcodes BH1 through to BH11.   The buses have a lift/ramp and accessible steps to make it easy to get on and off and are also suitable for people who use manual or powered wheelchairs. Carers, guide and assistance dogs can also travel on BAT Bus.

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 manual/powered wheelchair passenger. Friendly and helpful drivers collect members from their home and take them to the shops for approximately 2 hours shopping time. All the BAT Bus drivers are MIDAS trained and police checked for your safety.

BAT Bus Routes

Shopping Service

The shopping service to Castlepoint and Sovereign Centre, Boscombe will re-start on Thursday 16th July; our Covid19 risk review gives details on how we will keep everyone safe on the bus. Please follow this link to our BAT Bus COVID risk assessment document>>

Bus 1    

  • Sovereign Centre, Boscombe (drop off at entrance to car park and pick up at The Garden Cafe).
  • Shopping time approximately 2 hours

Bus 2    

  • Castlepoint Shopping Centre (drop off at Shopmobility)
  • Castlepoint Shopping Centre Top Mall (drop off outside M&S)
  • Shopping time approximately 2 hours

Monthly Monday morning Bus service to Wimborne 

  • The BAT Bus will collect members from homes in Bournemouth, Canford Magna and Merley and drop off at Waitrose and Wimborne Town Centre on the first Monday in every month. (The second Monday if Bank Holiday)

“When the BAT Bus driver rings the doorbell friendly faces appear, hellos are made, and life begins again.”

Social Outings

Every Wednesday and on alternate Saturdays, the BAT Bus takes members out to places of local interest.  These trips are ideal for people or (not for profit groups) who are looking to get out and enjoy the countryside but who struggle to use ordinary transport. Our fully accessible minibuses have wheelchair accessible ramps and passengers can travel in their wheelchair if they are unable to transfer. Carers can travel free if they are needed to push a wheelchair.

The list of destinations is varied and includes trips into the New Forest, garden centres and local markets.  Mystery trips are also offered from time to time.  Pubs are often visited so that members can have lunch out together.  A list of outings is sent out to members twice a year.  Follow this link to see our current list of outings:>>>.   

Fares

To use the BAT Bus, you must first join the scheme. Membership costs £10 per year.

Once you are a member, you pay a fare for each journey you make:

  • Morning shopping trips (Bournemouth) – £5
  • Monthly Monday morning bus service to Wimborne – £6
  • Wednesday and Saturday outings – £7 unless stated otherwise on the Outings List

Shopmobility members travelling to Castlepoint by BAT BUS can hire scooters for £1.50.  

For more information on the Bournemouth Accessible Transport (BAT) bus service, please telephone 01202 534027 or alternatively email us at info@sedcat.org.  To make a booking, please Call 01202 399771 between 10 am and 2 pm.