Monday, 15 August 2016

More evening buses for Marchwood

We touched on it in our last post - and now Bluestar have officially published the new timetables for the 8 and 9 which come into effect on 4th September.


Click the graphic for full details. The main change is new late evening journeys to Marchwood. Currently the last bus on the 8 from the city to Marchwood departs at 2100 Mon-Sats (1740 Suns).


But from 4th September, as shown on Bluestar's well-designed timetable, the 9 journeys departing from Southampton at 2210 and 2310 are being diverted in off the A326 to serve Marchwood. A similar improvement will also occur on Sunday evenings:


Marchwood hasn't had buses running that late since the night buses stopped in February 2014. The last time Marchwood had a bus after 2100 but before midnight from the city was back in October 2011.

First also have some changes from the same weekend, but haven't yet put the new timetables on their website. See my last post for which routes are changing and direct links to the new timetables on Traveline.


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Solent Bus Update: Regional Round Up

Here's our monthly look at the bus changes coming up across the wider region, including Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury and Winchester. Click the route numbers to see the new timetables:


7th August:
Yellow 24 Bournemouth-Alum Chine
Curtailed to only run on this part of the route only, no longer through to Christchurch and Burton.

More 24 Burton-Fairmile
Replaces Yellow 24 in the Christchurch area on a reduced timetable.

28th August:
Yellow 26/26A Boscombe-Poole

Yellow 41 Boscombe-Throop WITHDRAWN

3rd September:
Stagecoach 6A Winchester-Abbots Barton
No timetable change, but the planned withdrawal of this route is rescinded

Stagecoach 46 Winchester-North Baddesley

Stagecoach 63 Winchester-Owslebury
No timetable change, but the planned withdrawal of this route is rescinded

Stagecoach 36 Winchester-Romsey-Lockerley

The next Solent Bus Update appears on 4th September, by which time we should have more information on the following:

4th September:
Stagecoach 67 Winchester-Petersfield

First X4 Southampton-Portsmouth

First X5 Southampton-Gosport

First 3 Portsmouth-Fareham

First 7 Southsea-Wecock

First 16 Portsmouth Hard-Eastney

First 17 Southsea-Tipner
Tipner loses its Sunday buses

First 18 Southsea-Paulsgrove

First F1 Fareham-Highlands

First 2 City Centre-Millbrook

First 7 City Centre-Townhill Park

First 9 City Centre-Sholing

First 10 City Centre-Hightown

First 13 City Centre-Harefield

Salisbury Reds X5 Salisbury-Swindon
Short journeys between Salisbury and Larkhill are withdrawn

Bluestar 8 Southampton-Calshot

Bluestar 9 Southampton-Langley/Calshot
Late evening journeys now via Marchwood

5th September:
Xelabus X3 Eastleigh-Asda WITHDRAWN

Xelabus X4 Eastleigh-Hedge End

Xelabus X6/X7 Eastleigh-Hiltingbury

Xelabus X9 Eastleigh-Bishop's Waltham

Wheelers 16 Winchester-Stockbridge

Wheelers 87/87A Salisbury-Andover

Stagecoach 7 Winchester-Sparsholt

Stagecoach 21 Portsmouth-Havant

Stagecoach 37 Havant-Petersfield

Stagecoach 66 Romsey-Winchester

Stagecoach 69 Winchester-Fareham

Stagecoach 85 Winchester-Andover

Stagecoach 86 Winchester-Whitchurch

Salisbury Reds R4 Salisbury Local Service

Salisbury Reds X7/X7R Southampton-Salisbury

Salisbury Reds 66 Bemerton Heath-Salisbury-Shipton Bellinger

6th September:
More X1/X2 Lymington-Bournemouth


10th September:
Bluestar 6 Southampton-Lymington



Here are links to the websites of the bus operators serving the wider region:



Wider region local transport authorities:

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Sale / Beach / Wimborne / Burton

Bluestar have a summer special offer for group travel within Southampton: £5 for up to 5 people to travel all day (after 0930 weekdays).

More 112 has now become the Beach Bus with a far more regular than usual link between Hythe and Lymington for the school holidays. It even runs on Sundays, but only until 4th September, so if you want to visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, now's the time to go!

Over in Poole, roadworks have caused More to reroute services to Wimborne for a few months. Full details of the changes to routes 3, 4 and 32 can be found here.

Staying in Poole, there's been a reshuffle of stops at the town's bus station. Details of which More routes have moved stops within the bus station are here.

Down the road in Bournemouth, the county council has pulled the plug on the section of Yellow 24 that runs to Burton near Christchurch, from 7th August. It will still run between Alum Chine and Bournemouth Pier. But, More are going to give the Burton section of route a go on a commercial basis between Burton and Fairmile via Christchurch Town Centre - see their timetable here. The service is much reduced however, confined to weekdays between 9am and 3pm only.