Sunday, 14 January 2018

January Round Up

First have released their new timetable booklet for Southampton, which takes effect from next Sunday 21st January. See it here. With the withdrawal of route 12, their network map now looks like this:

Compare it with September 2009 to get an idea of just how far First have run down their services in our city:

Passengers who rely on First 12 can switch to Bluestar 7 from 21st Jan, which is being extended to Lordshill via the 12's route. See the new 7 timetable here.

Much of the reason for First's long term local decline has been the intervention of the University of Southampton in the local bus market. They were unhappy with how First were serving their staff and students, so worked to bring about an alternative: Unilink. For several years, the Unilink routes have been operated by Bluestar and therefore integrated into the wider Bluestar network. The University are clearly happy with the job Bluestar are doing, as they've just renewed their Unilink contract for another 10 years. This makes any return of First to Swaythling and Bassett highly unlikely.

In other news, Stagecoach 66 has a new timetable since 8th Jan due to roadworks in Romsey.

Stagecoach 39 in Havant gets a new timetable from 28th Jan with only minor changes.

From the same date, some fares and ticket prices are going up on Stagecoach. Don't forget you can pay less by switching from paper tickets to their Smart card or mobile app.

Yellow Buses have revised times on their Uniline U6, U9 and U10 routes from Sunday 21st January. Details here.


Thursday, 28 December 2017

New Year's Eve 2017 and New Year's Day 2018

Here's how our region's buses will be running over the New Year weekend:


There's a normal Saturday service on all routes on Saturday 30th December 2017.

On New Year's Eve 2017, the same level of service will run as did so on Christmas Eve - click here for full details.

Then on New Year's Day 2018, here's what will be running:

  • Bluestar: Special timetable on routes 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 17 and 18 only. Other routes will not run.
  • More: Special timetables operate on routes m1/m2, 5, 8/9, 13, 16/17 and X3. No service on other routes.
  • Salisbury Reds: Sunday service on X3. No service on other routes.
  • Stagecoach: Full Sunday service. Please note that Salisbury Reds journeys on Activ8 will not run
  • Yellow: Special timetable on routes B1/B3, P1/P2/P3, R1/R2/R3, U6 and V1/V2 only. No service on other routes.
  • Damory, First, Unilink, Xelabus: No service.

Here are your New Year's Day services in detail, by area:


Only the following routes will run in and around Southampton, with these special timetables:


No other services will run. There is no service at all on First, Unilink, Xelabus or Wheeler's.



Only the following More and Yellow routes will run, with these special timetables. There will be no service on any other route in Bournemouth and Poole.




In Portsmouth and Havant, Stagecoach will be providing a full Sunday service. See their network map here and find timetables here.


First however, will not be running any service whatsoever, so most of Portsmouth and all of Fareham and Gosport will be a bus-free zone.



In Winchester too, Stagecoach are providing a full Sunday service. See their network map here and find timetables here.

The only other route running in Winchester will be Bluestar 1, with this special New Year's Day timetable:



Only two routes will be running in Salisbury on New Year's Day: More/Salisbury Reds X3, with this special timetable:

... and on Activ8, Stagecoach will be running their journeys to a Sunday timetable, but Salisbury Reds aren't running any of their journeys. To make it clear, here are the journeys that will be running:

No other services will run.



Normal service resumes on Tuesday January 2nd, with a new timetable on More X8, which has a route change to serve the new Lidl in Blandford. There's also the launch of More X8A, which will be a new Blandford town service. Full details here.

Xelabus also have some minor changes from 2nd January on Eastleigh routes X4, X6 and X7. Details here.



Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Buses on 27th, 28th & 29th December 2017

Here's how our region's buses will be running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the 27th to 29th December:


Bluestar: Saturday timetables on most routes, plus some extra morning buses. Normal school holiday weekday timetables apply on Quayconnect, B*6, 35, 36 (Thurs only), 39 (not Thurs), H1/H2 (not Thurs), T3/T4 (Thurs only)
Damory: Normal weekday school holiday service.
First PortsmouthSaturday levels of service on all routes, except routes 21/21A, 28/28A and D1/D2, which have a weekday service.
First Southampton: Saturday service.
First Wessex X54: No service.
First Bath 265: Saturday service.
More: Normal Saturday timetable on all routes except Routes X1, X2, 24, 38, 112, 119, 125, 191/193 and Cango, which will run to a Monday to Friday timetable
Salisbury Reds: Saturday service on X3 and Activ8. Weekday service on all other routes.
Stagecoach Portsmouth: Saturday service, except routes 37, 38 & Hoverbus which will run a weekday non-schoolday service
Stagecoach Winchester: Saturday service, except routes 6A (Weds/Fri), 46 & 63 (Weds/Fri) which will run a weekday service
Unilink: Vacation Saturday service with no night buses.
Xelabus: Normal Weekday service for Hoppa, X6, X7, X8 (Thurs/Fri), X12 (Thurs), X17 (Weds as usual, plus also running on Friday). Saturday service for X4, X9, X10, X11. Reduced service for Route X15No service for Route X5
Yellow: Saturday service.


Look up the exact timetable for any particular day on Traveline.

Saturday 30th December sees a normal Saturday service on all routes.


See details of all festive service changes across the region here.



Monday, 25 December 2017

Boxing Day Buses 2017

Happy Christmas to all our readers!


Here's what services are running on our region's buses on Boxing Day:

Bluestar: Sunday service except on route 6, which will not run.
First Portsmouth: Daytime special services on routes 1, 2, 3, the Star 7 and ECLIPSE E1/E2 only
First Southampton: Daytime special services on City Red routes 2, 3, 7 and 11 only
More: Sunday timetables will run on m1/m2 (first buses 0600), 4, 5/6, 8/9, 13, 14, 16/17, X3 and X8 as well as the Purbeck Breezer 40 and 50. No services will run on any other routes
Salisbury Reds: Special timetable on Red 1, X3 and X4 only. No service on other routes.
Stagecoach: Full Sunday service. Salisbury Reds journeys on Activ8 will not run.
Unilink: Special timetable on route U1. No service on other routes.
Yellow: Special timetable on routes B1/B3, P1/P2/P3, R1/R2/R3, U6 and V1/V2 only. No service on other routes.

Damory, First Wessex X54, Wheelers, Xelabus: No service.



Full detail of our region's festive bus services can be found here.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Day Buses 2017

Most buses won't be running across our region on Christmas Day, but as usual More will be providing a special service on routes M1/M2 with special extensions to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch. Plus for the first time ever, Southampton gets a Christmas Day service from Bluestar 18, which extends to the General Hospital for one day only.

Here are the special timetables that will be in operation:



No other bus services will be running.

Click here for details of service levels on our region's buses throughout the festive period.


Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Eve Buses 2017

Amended service levels start on Sunday, which is Christmas Eve. Here's a summary of what's running, complete with the times of the last buses on those operators that are finishing early....

See details of all festive services across the region here.



Bluestar, Damory, More, Salisbury Reds, Stagecoach Winchester, Xelabus: Normal Sunday service
First Portsmouth: Sunday service with early finish.
First Southampton: Sunday service with early finish.
Stagecoach Andover: Normal Sunday service with last buses by 20.50 on Activ8
Stagecoach Portsmouth: Normal Sunday service with last buses by 21.25 on route 23.
Unilink: Vacation Sunday service with early finish.
Yellow: Sunday service with early finish.


Early finish times:


Bluestar are providing a full Sunday service with no early finish.







More are running a full Sunday service with no early finish.



The 2050 Activ8 from Andover will terminate at Tidworth and the 2205 from Salisbury will not run, but all other journeys will run in full.


Salisbury Reds are running a full Sunday service with no early finish.