Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Changes this month / Bitterne Hoppa withdrawn / Easter buses to Marwell

There are a few changes coming up later this month. Here's a quick rundown:

21st February: Timetable changes to First three, 8, 10 and E1/E2. Full details here. Note that there is also a route change in the city centre for routes 8 and 10.

27th February: Xelabus X4 has its Saturday service cut to 2-hourly. New Saturday timetable here. That's one bus every 2 hours, not two buses an hour. This brings about the bizarre situation of a route that runs more frequently on Sundays than on Saturdays. The Sunday service between Eastleigh and Hedge End is First A, which runs roughly every hour and 10 minutes.

28th February: Bluestar 4 and 17 get new timetables. It's minor changes for reliability on the 4 to Romsey, but the 17 gets a frequency boost to every 10 minutes Mon-Sat daytimes, plus the current short journeys to/from Lordshill are all extended to Lower Brownhill Road. Detail and timetables here.


Looking further ahead, the Bitterne Hoppa services B1/B2/B3, operated by First, come to an end on 25th March.


From the same date, First M1 starts again for the summer. That's the seasonal link between Eastleigh and Marwell Zoo, but this year some journeys will start back from Southampton city centre and run via Bevois Valley, Portswood and Wessex Lane. Timetable here.

Rumours abound of yet another change to First 13 in April. Does that make Harefield's route the most tinkered-about-with in recent times?

Monday, 18 January 2016

Bluestar 17 frequency boost

Bluestar have announced today that their newest route, the 17, is doing so well that it's frequency is being increased from 28th February.

Click the image for details on Bluestar's website

The route only started running in the final week of October, so for it to be going every 10 minutes this soon is a sign that it is doing very well indeed. It provides direct competition for several First routes and improves access to the General Hospital by allowing passengers to transfer from across Bluestar's network without having to fork out extra for a multi-operator Solent Go ticket. Some of those passengers will have switched from First, but there will also be others that didn't or couldn't consider going by bus before.

The 17 has fared considerably better than the 16, which launched over 3 years ago and now runs every 15 minutes after having most of its route changed.

Bluestar 4 will also have some timetable changes from 28th February.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Catch up / FirstWeek offer

Services are now all back to normal, but you may have missed the following changes:

Wheelers W1 has a new timetable and amended route in Romsey.

Xelabus X14 no longer runs.

First have new timetables on the following routes: 2, three, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13.

First also have a temporary special offer on FirstWeek Southampton (minus Swaythling) tickets - click the image for details:


Xelabus have new timetables on most routes. Full details here. The X11 no longer serves Bitterne or Hedge End.

First have more timetable changes on the way from 21st February affecting routes three (again!), 8, 10 (again!) and E1/E2.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Southampton's New Year's Day buses 2016

Here's what's running in Greater Southampton on New Year's Day:

New Year's Day 1st January:

Bluestar: Special timetable on routes 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 17 and 18 only.

First: Special timetable on route three only.

Stagecoach: Sunday service on route 66.

Other operators: No service in our region.



Here are those special timetables in full:

Bluestar:








First:


Stagecoach:
Route 66:



Wednesday, 30 December 2015

New Year's Eve bus services / Dinner For One

Here's how our region's buses are running on New Year's Eve, Thursday 31st December 2015:

New Year's Eve 31st December:

Bluestar: Enhanced Saturday service, except for route 6, which will have a weekday service.

First: Saturday service with early finish, except for routes B1/B2/B3, which will have a weekday service.


More: Normal weekday service on Lymington routes.


Salisbury Reds: Normal weekday service.


Stagecoach: Saturday service, except for route 46, which will have a Thursday service.


Xelabus: Weekday service with early finish.


Unilink: Vacation Saturday service with early finish and no night buses.




Here are the times of your last buses on routes of those operators finishing early tonight:

First:


Xelabus:
Service X4 – 1845 from Eastleigh Bus Station
Service X7 – 2015 from Eastleigh Bus Station
Service X8 – 2000 from Eastleigh Bus Station

Unilink:
U1A 2105 Southampton Central Station
U1C 2105 Airport Parkway Station
U6C 2035 Southampton General Hospital
U6H 2034 NOCS


It's a tradition in many countries, including Germany, to watch this British comedy sketch on New Year's Eve. Today it will be broadcast several times in many countries. In my vain attempt to introduce it to the country that produced it, here is Dinner For One:

Monday, 28 December 2015

Tuesday & Wednesday's bus services

Here's how our region's buses are running on Tuesday and Wednesday:


BluestarEnhanced Saturday service, except for route 6, which will have a weekday service.

First: Saturday service, except for routes B1/B2/B3, which will have a weekday service.

More: Normal weekday service on Lymington routes.

Stagecoach: Saturday service, except for route 46, which will have a weekday service. The 36 will run on Tuesday only.

Xelabus, Salisbury Reds: Normal weekday service.

Unilink: Vacation Saturday service with no night buses.




Tues: Wheelers W1/W1A: Route & timetable change.

Weds: Xelabus X14: Final day of operation.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Sunday service on Sunday and Monday

It's a normal Sunday service on Sunday 27th December.

As Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, the Bank Holiday rolls over to Monday 28th December, on which there will also be a Sunday service across all bus operators in our region.

A look ahead to Tuesday and here's the new timetable for Wheelers W1, which comes into force then. A few journeys are cut, others are retimed, but the big change is a rerouting in Romsey:


Buses from Southampton will now run directly into the town centre via Whitenap, with passengers for Woodley, Cupernham and Abbotswood having to stay on the bus as it comes back out of Romsey or even change buses in the town centre.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Southampton's Boxing Day buses 2015

Happy Christmas to all our readers!

There are no buses running on Christmas Day in our region.

Here's a comprehensive guide to which buses are running in our region on Boxing Day:

Bluestar: Special timetable on routes 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 17 and 18 only.

First: Special timetable on routes 2, three, 7, 10 and 11 only.

Stagecoach: Sunday service on route 66.

Other operators: No service in our region.


Here are those special timetables in full:

Bluestar:

 







First:






Stagecoach:
Route 66