Bus benefit for CrossCountry railtour travellers

Travellers on the CrossCountry HST farewell tour on 26 September will benefit from free bus travel between Bournemouth and Swanage on the day of the trip, thanks to a partnership with local bus operator Morebus.

Tickets are now sold out for both the ‘Pines Express’ trip from Leeds to Swanage and the ‘Bournemouth Belle’ trip from Swanage to Bournemouth, which have been organised to mark the withdrawal of HSTs from CrossCountry after more than 40 years of service. Proceeds from the railtour will go to the Brain Tumour Charity, remembering CrossCountry colleague Jo Taylor, who passed away in 2021.

As well as travelling on the HST, ticket holders will be able to travel free of charge on Morebus route 50 between Bournemouth and Swanage on the day of the trip. The bus journey, which unusually incorporates a crossing on the Studland chain ferry, is widely regarded as one of the most scenic in the UK.

Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Go South Coast, said: ‘At Morebus, we are delighted to be supporting CrossCountry’s HST farewell tour by providing free travel for ticket holders on Morebus route 50 between Swanage and Bournemouth on the day of the tour. We are pleased to support the Brain Tumour Charity, which is especially close to our hearts, as one of Go-Ahead’s founders and former Chief Executive, Chris Moyes OBE, was tragically taken from us by this condition in 2006.’