Tuesday, 13 January 2015

First fares & timetable changes this weekend

Some First fares are changing on Saturday. Full details here, but here are the highlights:
  • Adult single fares on the 8 between Hedge End and the City Centre cut from £4 to £3.50
  • FirstDay Southampton rises from £4.20 to £4.30 and is no longer valid to/from West End, Hedge End, Netley or Hamble - its boundary is now the city boundary. Those areas' cheapest FirstDay ticket is now FirstDay Hampshire, going up from £5.90 to £6
  • SouthamptonPlus weekly and monthly tickets will be introduced, covering the city plus West End, Hedge End, Netley and Hamble, costing more than the Southampton zone tickets that used to be valid, but less than the Hampshire zone tickets

Several First routes get a new timetable from Sunday. Timetables are in First's new timetable booklet and Traveline. Here are the main points:
  • 1: Mon-Sat daytime frequency cut from every 10 mins to every 15 mins, but all buses will run beyond Lordshill to Adanac Park
  • 2: Minor timetable changes
  • 3: Some poorly-used journeys will be cut. The last bus of the night will run earlier
  • 6: Sunday daytime frequency cut to hourly due to Hampshire County Council subsidy cuts
  • 7: Minor timetable changes, plus and extra late evening journey
  • 8: Evening route changes in Hedge End and some off-peak journeys are cut
  • 9: Minor timetable changes
  • 11: Revised Sunday timetable. Extra late evening weeknight journey
  • 13: Minor timetable changes
The timetable booklet has some excellent route maps. Here's the one for the 8 to show the new route in Hedge End:
Daytime journeys terminate on the Hedge End loop. Evening journeys don't serve Charles Watts Way (marked A334 above) but run two ways from the superstores, via the railway station to Barleycorn and then Botley.

They're also holding an online 'Meet the Manager' session this Thursday in which you can put your questions directly to them.

In other news, Bluestar have some changes to routes 1, 2, 16 and 18 from 22nd February. We'll have more on those nearer the time.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

The end for Velvet: Xelabus takes over

It was announced today that Velvet will close after the last bus on Saturday 10th January and that its routes will be run by Xelabus from next Monday.

This means the changes mentioned in the most recent post below will now be run by Xelabus.

How the news was announced on Xelabus's website.

Hats off to Xelabus for having a timetable leaflet already prepared for what will be the ex-Velvet routes.

In other news, First have new timetables on many routes from Sunday 18th January. Details here.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Velvet changes next Monday

We've just had a raft of changes this weekend gone (see previous posts for details), but there's more to come.

Next Monday, 12th January, sees Velvet A disappear to be replaced with an extension to the S1, with a frequency cut to match. See the new S1 timetable here. There's a route change too. All journeys will run via Central Station instead of the Polygon. In Hedge End, the A's circular route is replaced by a two-way route that runs via the town centre twice each way and terminates at the superstores. Here's how it will run:
Buses from Southampton will run via Oaklands first, then via Maypole to the superstores. Buses towards Southampton start from the superstores, then run to Maypole and into the city via Oaklands. The town centre is sure to be particularly confusing, where buses on route S1 will run in four directions from the main crossroads.

The S2 gets a new timetable too and is rerouted in the Polygon, partially replacing the S1. Here's how the S2 will now run there:

As well as that, the B4 between Bitterne and Windhover Tesco via Harefield, Thornhill and Sholing will now run every weekday, an increase from its current three days a week. Timetable here.

No mention of this as yet on Velvet's website. It would never have happened under Phil Stockley.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Changes this weekend

On Monday, we detailed the bus routes being withdrawn this weekend. Today, we look at those that are merely being amended.


  • Bluestar 5

This route between Eastleigh and Romsey gets a new timetable from Monday and is extended beyond Eastleigh Bus Station to Boyatt Wood, replacing the E1/E2, which are switching from Bluestar to Wheelers.


  • Bluestar 6

Some journeys are cut between Southampton and Lymington from Sunday. New timetable here.


  • Brijan Tours 7

New timetable from Monday between Southampton and Bishops Waltham. The main change is a cut in the Saturday frequency to one bus every 2 hours.


  • Brijan Tours 8

New timetable from Monday between Eastleigh and Bishops Waltham. The main change is a cut in the Saturday frequency to one bus every 2 hours.


  • Brijan Tours 15

This Hedge End to Hamble route is being cut from six to three days a week. From Monday, it will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. New timetable here.


  • Brijan Tours 17

This link between Bishops Waltham and Petersfield is being cut from two to just one day a week. The last Saturday service will be on 3rd January. After that, the 17 runs on Wednesdays only with a new timetable.


  • More X1/X2

New timetable from Sunday between Lymington and Bournemouth with some cuts. More are consulting regarding the long term future of these routes.


  • More 119

New timetable from Monday between Lymington and New Milton.


  • Salisbury Reds X7

New timetable from Monday between Southampton and Salisbury, with fewer journeys overall and some journeys diverted via Romsey and renumbered X7R to replace the 34.


  • Stagecoach 46

This link between Winchester and Southampton General Hospital is being cut back from Monday to run between Winchester and North Baddesley only, severing the General Hospital's direct links with many areas. New timetable here,


  • Wheelers W1

This route between Southampton and Romsey has been on a holiday timetable for a couple of weeks, but resumes its usual timetable from Monday.


  • Bluestar 11

Temporary terminus for the weekday journeys to and from Cadnam due to a road closure from Monday.


  • Xelabus X1

New timetable from Monday between Eastleigh and Stoke Common. Now five days a week instead of three, but with fewer journeys per day.


  • Xelabus X2

New timetable from Monday between Eastleigh and Boyatt Wood. Now five days a week instead of three, but with fewer journeys per day.


  • Xelabus X3

New timetable from Monday between Eastleigh and Asda with fewer journeys per day.


  • Xelabus X4

New timetable from Monday between Eastleigh and Hedge End. Evening journeys will no longer serve Derby Road, Passfield Avenue or Chestnut Avenue, running instead direct via Southampton Road.


  • Xelabus X7

New timetable and a revised route from Monday, combining with new route X6 to replace routes C3 and C4, which are being withdrawn.

Most of these changes are due to cuts being imposed by Hampshire County Council.

Friday's bus services

It's not yet all back to normal on Friday. Here's how the region's buses will be running:

Friday 2nd January:
First: Saturday service, except for routes B1, B2, B3, H1 and H2, which will have a weekday service.
Stagecoach: Full Saturday service, except for route 36, which will not run and route 46, which will have a weekday service.
Unilink: Vacation Saturday service with no night buses.
All other operators: Normal weekday services resume.


Full normal service resumes on Saturday, but major changes are coming this weekend. Details here and in our next post.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Day bus services

Here's what bus services will be running on New Year's Day:

New Year's Day 1st January:
Bluestar: Special timetable on routes 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 16 and 18 only.
First: Special timetable on routes X4, 2, 3, 7 and 11 only.
All other operators: No service.


Here are the special Bluestar timetables:






Here are the special First timetables:






Full details of festive bus services here.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Year's Eve bus services

Here's how our region's buses will be running on New Year's Eve:

New Year's Eve 31st December:
Bluestar, Brijan Tours, Salisbury Reds, Velvet, Wheelers, Xelabus: Full normal Wednesday service.
First: Saturday service with an early finish, except for routes B1, B2, B3, H1 and H2, which will have a weekday service.
More: Full Saturday service.
Stagecoach: Full Saturday service, except for route 36, which will not run and route 46, which will have a weekday service.
Unilink: Vacation Saturday service with early finish. U1N night bus will run.


Early finish last bus times on First:
The last X4 leaves Southampton at 1850 for Fareham and the last X5 to Fareham is at 1930.

Early finish last bus times on Unilink:

Don't forget that the U1N will be running.

Full details of festive bus services here.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Routes being withdrawn this weekend

The following routes are being withdrawn this coming weekend. Here are details of what will replace them:


  • Xelabus C3/C4

These routes around Chandlers Ford and Hiltingbury will run for the last time on Saturday. From Monday, they are replaced by new route X6 and an amended route X7, still operated by Xelabus. North Millers Dale and South Millers Dale will gain a more direct link to Eastleigh, without having to travel via Hiltingbury. See the new X6/X7 timetable here. This is the route that will be taken by Mon-Sat daytime buses:
The X6 will travel towards Hiltingbury via the Millers Dales and towards Eastleigh via Fryern Hill. The X7 will run the other way round. Thurs-Sat Evening and Sunday daytime journeys on the X7 will run via Fryern Hill in both directions to Chandlers Ford only.


  • Bluestar E1/E2

The bus link between Eastleigh and Winchester will transfer from Bluestar to Wheelers from Monday. New timetable here. The short journeys between Eastleigh and Boyatt Wood are withdrawn and replaced by an extended Bluestar 5 - timetable here. This is the route the 5 will take in Boyatt Wood:
Buses will run clockwise around the terminus loop in Boyatt Wood.


  • Bluestar T1/T2

These local routes in Totton will run for the last time on Friday with no replacement. This is due to Hampshire County Council cuts.


  • Bluestar T3/T4

These circular routes between Totton and Cadnam will be run by Bluestar for the last time on Saturday. They then transfer to Wheelers, who will run them just three instead of six days a week: Tuedays, Thursdays and Saturdays. New timetable here. Hampshire County Council cuts again.


  • First H1/H2

These local routes in Totton, Dibden Purlieu and Applemore will be run by First for the last time on Friday. They then switch to Wheelers are are cut from five to three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. New timetable here. Blame the county council.


  • First 26

This route between Hedge End and Fareham will run for the last time on Saturday with no replacement. Getting between the two after Saturday will mean a change of buses at Bursledon (Brijan 15 & First X4/X5), Bishops Waltham (Brijan 8 &Stagecoach 69) or Woolston (Bluestar 3 or First 8 & First X4/X5). County council cuts.


  • More 118

The market day (Wednesday) once a week link between Lymington and Ringwood runs for the last time on New Year's Eve with no replacement.


  • Salisbury Reds 34

This link between Romsey and Salisbury runs for the last time on Saturday and will be replaced from Monday by newly diverted journeys on Salisbury Reds X7, numbered X7R. New timetable here.


More to follow on what else is changing this weekend. See a summary here.