Here's a summary of the changes to our region's bus services taking place this weekend:
See the previous post for changes to Yellow Bus routes in Bournemouth, including the replacement of the A1 airport service with new route 14 via Winton.
- First A Eastleigh-Hedge End
This council subsidised Sunday counterpart to the Mon-Sat Xelabus X4 service is being withdrawn, signalling the final end of route A. It ran for the last time this Sunday just gone, having been run by First for years and Stagecoach before them. Does anyone know how far back we have to go to find the Sunday service between Eastleigh and Hedge End in the hands of the same operator as the Mon-Sat service?
Passengers needing to get between Eastleigh and Hedge End on a Sunday will now need to either take the train (replacement bus services will be running this coming Sunday due to engineering works) or use Bluestar 2 to Southampton and change there to Bluestar 3:
- Xelabus X4 Eastleigh-Hedge End
The X4 will continue to run Mondays to Saturdays, but with a new timetable. The last two journeys of the evening are cut, so the last bus from Eastleigh will now be at 1845, with the last bus from Hedge End at 1908.
- First E1/E2 Eastleigh-Winchester
These routes transfer to Stagecoach and have a new timetable from Monday. There are a couple of extra early morning journeys towards Eastleigh - 0647 weekdays Allbrook Knoll to Eastleigh and 0727 weekdays (0737 Saturdays) Twyford to Eastleigh - plus a later journey from Eastleigh at 1805 Mon-Sats to Twyford. The Portswood extension is withdrawn.
other buses in the Winchester area, as Stagecoach already operates most of those, meaning Stagecoach's own tickets such as the South Hants DayRider at £6.60 becomes available to passengers in Eastleigh, who might previously have had to use a Solent Go ticket at £8.
- Xelabus X10 Southampton-Bishop's Waltham
Only a minor change to the timetable. The 0741 weekday service from Waltham Chase to Southampton will now depart 10 minutes earlier at 0731.
- Xelabus X15 Eastleigh-Hamble
An additional journey will run at 1543 weekdays from Eastleigh to Hamble. New timetable here.
- Stagecoach 36 Winchester-Lockerley
- Wheelers H1/H2 Hythe-Applemore
- Wheelers T3/T4 Totton-Cadnam
All of these changes are from Sunday 30th October.