Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Yellow revamp on Sunday / Bluestar fares up / Hedge End diversion


It's all change on Yellow Buses from Sunday as Bournemouth sees the biggest shake up of bus services in years. Most route numbers are changing and all routes get new timetables. See full details here. If it's all too confusing, More routes are staying the same.


In other new, some Bluestar fares go up from 22nd January. Full details here. One fare is coming down though - the 30 day Southampton zone ticket drops from £55 to £44. Fare payers outside the city could be forgiven for thinking they're subsidising an urban price war with First.


EDIT: From the same date, some More fares will also rise. Details here. There is one reduction: the 30 day zone A ticket drops from £68 to £60. Two new tickets become available exclusively on the More mobile app: a 3 day zone A ticket for £8 and a 30 day ticket for routes M1/M2 only for £40. See their zone map here. Some Salisbury Reds fares will also rise. Stagecoach are also putting some fares up - see their new day and weekly ticket prices here.


Bursledon Road in Hedge End is closed for water works from tomorrow. The closure, affecting Bluestar 3 and Xelabus X4, is shown by the blue cross on the map above. Both routes will divert via Freegrounds Avenue, Lower Saint Helens Road and Upper Saint Helens Road. The duration of the works is anyone's guess: Bluestar say it'll last until the end of January, while Xelabus have a little less faith in Southern Water and say it could take three months!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Changes this week... and from Sunday

It's all back to normal today, but two changes have come into effect:

Xelabus X11 is now Wheelers W2 (Southampton City Centre-Lordshill North) due to a change of contract by Southampton City Council. The route stays the same and the new timetable is here.

Salisbury Reds 44 (Salisbury-Woodfalls) has a new timetable with some minor changes.

First Portsmouth have a few changes from Sunday 8th January, the main one of which is the withdrawal of the X9 route. The section between Waterlooville and Hambledon is replaced by new routes D1 and D2, but the fast link to Portsmouth is gone. There are other changes to routes 2, 7C, 13 and 14. See their shiny new Portsmouth timetable book as a pdf here.

Here's how First's Waterlooville network looks from Sunday:



Sunday, 1 January 2017

Buses on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Here's how our region's buses are running on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January:


Sunday service on all operators, apart from:


First Southampton will be running a Sunday service on all routes, plus a special timetable on routes 9 and 13 (which don't normally have a Sunday service):

Salisbury Reds have a Public Holiday timetable on their Park & Ride routes, with a Sunday service on all other routes.

Yellow Buses will run a Saturday service on all routes.


Normal service resumes with all operators from Tuesday 3rd January. If you normally use Xelabus X11 (Southampton City Centre-Lordshill North), don't forget that from Tuesday it becomes Wheelers W2 with no changes to the route - timetable here.


See a summary of upcoming bus service changes across the region here.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Buses on New Year's Day 2017

The shops will be shut on New Year's Day and that is reflected is the service levels on our region's buses. Here's what will be running:

No service will be running on First Southampton, Stagecoach Winchester, Unilink, Wheelers or on any route not specifically mentioned below.


Bluestar: Special timetable on routes 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 17 and 18 only. No other routes will run:

First: Special timetable on Portsmouth routes 1, 2, 3, 7, E1 and E2 only:

More: Special timetables on routes m1/m2, 5, 8/9, 13, 16/17 and X3 only:

Salisbury Reds: Special timetable on route X3 (see above under More). The Stonehenge Tour will be running. No service on any other route.

Stagecoach Portsmouth: Sunday service on route 23 only. No service on other routes.

Xelabus: Sunday service.


Yellow Buses: Special timetable on routes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4b, 14, 5a, 5b and 6 only:


No service will be running on First Southampton, Stagecoach Winchester, Unilink, Wheelers or on any other route not specifically mentioned above.


Friday, 30 December 2016

Buses on New Year's Eve 2016

Here's how our region's bus services will be running on New Year's Eve...


In Southampton & Eastleigh:
Bluestar: Full Saturday service (no early finish).
First: Saturday service with early finish:
Salisbury Reds: Full Saturday service.
Unilink: Saturday service with early finish and no night buses:
Xelabus: Saturday service with early finish: Last X7 at 2015 and X8 at 2000 from Eastleigh Bus Station.

In Portsmouth, Fareham & Havant:
First: Saturday service with early finish on some routes:
Stagecoach: Saturday service with an early finish:


In Bournemouth & Poole:
More: Full Saturday service (no early finish), complete with night buses:
Yellow Buses: Saturday service with an early finish:
First X54 to Weymouth will run a normal Saturday service.


In Winchester:
Bluestar 1: Full Saturday service (no early finish).
Stagecoach: Saturday service with an early finish:


In Salisbury:
Salisbury Reds: Full Saturday service (no early finish).
First 265 to Bath will have a normal Saturday service.
Stagecoach Activ8 to Andover will also have a normal Saturday service.


Wheelers and other smaller operators will run a normal Saturday service.

Unibus Bournemouth is suspended until 2nd January.


Find all festive bus changes here.





Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Buses on 28th-30th December

Between Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December, we have a mish-mash of service levels on our region's bus services. Let's run through them all...


In Southampton & Eastleigh:
Bluestar have a Saturday service on most routes, but a weekday school holiday service on routes 6, H1, H2, T3 and T4, plus extra journeys on the following routes:
First are running a Saturday service on all routes.
Salisbury Reds have a weekday school holiday service on routes X7, X7R, 35, 36 and 39.
Unilink are running a Vacation Saturday timetable with no night buses.
Xelabus have a Saturday service on the X4 only, with a weekday service on all other routes.


In Portsmouth, Fareham & Havant:
First have a weekday service on routes 19, 19A, 20, 21, 21A, 28 and 28A only. All other routes have a Saturday service.
Stagecoach have a weekday service on routes 37 and 38 only. A Saturday service will run on all other routes.


In Bournemouth & Poole:
More are running a weekday service on routes X1/X2, 24, 38, 44, 112, 119, 125, 191 and 193 only. All other routes have a Saturday service.
Yellow Buses have a Saturday service on all routes.
First X54 to Weymouth will have a Saturday service.


In Winchester:
Bluestar 1 is running a Saturday service.
Stagecoach have a weekday service on routes 6A, 46 and 63 only, with a Saturday service on all other routes.


In Salisbury:
Salisbury Reds have a Saturday service on routes X3 and Activ8 only. A weekday service is running on all other routes.
First 265 to Bath will have a Saturday service.
Stagecoach are also running a Saturday service on the Activ8 to Andover.


Wheelers and other smaller operators will be running normal weekday school holiday services.

See an overview of all festive and future bus alterations here.