The BAT Bus

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'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 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 of the BAT Bus drivers are MIDAS trained and police checked for your safety.

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 in Car park and return from Garden cafe in the Sovereign Centre)
Castlepoint Shopping Centre (drop off Shopmobility)
Castlepoint Top Mall (drop off outside M&S)
Runs every Monday and Thursday mornings for Zone A passengers living in BH1, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8 and BH9 (east of Wimborne Road)    


Bus 2: (shopping time approx 2 hours)
Sovereign Shopping Centre 
(drop off in Car park and return from Garden cafe in the Sovereign Centre)
Castlepoint Shopping Centre (drop off Shopmobility)
Castlepoint Top Mall (drop off outside M&S) 
Runs every Tuesday and Friday mornings for Zone B passengers living in BH2, BH3, BH4, BH10, BH11 and BH9 (west of Wimborne Road)

Shopping trips cost £5.00 return. Shopmobility members travelling to Castlepoint by BAT BUS can hire scooters for £1.50 

For more details and eligibility to use any of these new services, please telephone the sedcat booking line on 01202 534027 or email

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

Return fare: £6.00

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 cost £5 return, other journeys are as stated.

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 twice a year. To see our current list click on outings from the menu.

All outings are £7.00 unless otherwise shown on the current outings list. (New charge applies from 1st April)

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 534027 or 01202 598295 and ask for an information pack. Alternatively, you can email us at