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Yellow 41 Boscombe-Throop WITHDRAWN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No timetable change, but the planned withdrawal of this route is rescinded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No timetable change, but the planned withdrawal of this route is rescinded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Short journeys between Salisbury and Larkhill are withdrawn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Xelabus X3 Eastleigh-Asda WITHDRAWN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:


  1. It should be noted that the short workings by Salisbury Reds service X5 between Salisbury and Larkhill,will be replaced by the new X4.

  2. It's great to see a few late evening services coming back to Marchwood.

    I can't for the life of me workoutwhy they don't run more buses through the village.

    1. Years ago Marchwood enjoyed good patronage with locals plus the army traffic.The majority of buses now bypass it.The evenings use to be busy with army personel going out for the evening and returning back quite late.The only reason it has a slightly better service today,is due to the fact a few years ago First competed with it and Bluestar hit back by running more journeys.Regretfully the First venture was not successful and after a short period of operation the service was withdrawn.It was expected after this Bluestar would have reduced the timetable again,but thankfully this did not happen.What I like about Bluestar is that if they have an ailing service,they give it a good shot to put it right before withdrawing it or modifying it,whereas First pull the plug on it post-haste

  3. Whats happening with the X1/2??