Saturday, 7 October 2017

First new timetables / Bluestar fares up


The new timetables have been released that take effect on First Southampton from 29th October. Click the route number to see the timetables: 

2 Millbrook-Thornhill
three Lordshill-Thornhill
6 City Centre-Hamble
7 City Centre-Townhill Park
9 City Centre-Sholing
11 City Centre-Weston
13 City Centre-Harefield

Don't forget that the 1 is withdrawn and that the 10 is being replaced by the extended 2.


Some fares are going up on Bluestar routes 4, 17 and 18 from Sunday 8th October:


City Centre to Millbrook remains at £1.90 single and £2.90 return. There are ways of getting that down however:
  • Route 16/18 Dayrider: £3
  • Southampton zone Dayrider: £3.70
  • Southampton zone 10 Dayriders: £33 on the Key (that's £3.30 per day)
  • Route 18 weekly ticket: £6 (that's 86p per day)
  • Routes 7/16/17/18 weekly ticket: £10 (that's £1.43 a day)
  • Southampton zone weekly ticket: £14 on the Key or the app (that's £2 a day)
  • Southampton zone 30 day ticket: £44 (that's £1.47 per day)
  • 12 single journeys on the Key for £17.50 (that's £1.46 per journey)
  • 24 single journeys on the Key for £33 (that's £1.38 per journey)
  • 36 single journeys on the Key for £47 (that's £1.31 per journey)


As a comparison, First charge a minimum of £2 single and £3 return, but there are ways of getting that down too:
  • FirstDay Southampton: £3.50
  • 5 FirstDays on the app: £15 (that's £3 per day)
  • Millbrook/Route 10 FirstWeek: £6 (that's 86p per day)
  • FirstWeek Southampton: £10 (that's £1.43 per day)
  • FirstMonth Southampton: £39 (that's £1.30 per day)
  • 10 single journeys on the app: £15 (that's £1.50 per journey)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Poole-Weymouth by bus on Saturday: Yes, you can

First X54 between Poole and Weymouth now runs on weekdays only, its last Saturday of operation being that just gone. It is still possible to get to Weymouth by bus on a Saturday, although it is easier (but not cheaper) to get the train:


The Traveline journey planner gave me a journey starting from the railway station, but the X8 actually starts from stand L at Poole Bus Station at 0850. The connection is made at this stop at Tesco in Blandford St Mary:


Buses in both directions on both the X8 and the X12 use the same stop, so it's a good one to use as an interchange. Here's the journey back:


The X8 and X12 (click for timetables) are operated by More and Damory, both part of Go Ahead, so you can use the £8.60 zone ABC Dayrider for the full journey. That price of course includes unlimited onward travel with More at the Poole end.

The Poole to Wareham stretch is served 7 days a week by More Purbeck Breezer 40.

That leaves the bit of the X54 between Wareham and the outskirts of Weymouth with no bus service at the weekends.


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Unilink changes from Sunday / U2 to Swaythling / Yellow shoppers


This Sunday sees new timetables on all Unilink routes in Southampton, plus a new route for the U2, which will now serve Swaythling instead of Chilworth Roundabout. Click the route numbers for the new timetables:



Here's the route the U2 will now take from town towards Swaythling:

...and here's the route it takes from Glen Eyre towards town:

This means the return of bus services to the stops on Bassett Green Road that were abandoned by First when they withdrew their 5 back in September 2015.


Over in Bournemouth, from Monday, Yellow Buses launch two new shoppers' services that will run on Brockenhurst College days only...

The X37 (timetable here) runs between New Milton and Bournemouth, giving passengers almost 4 hours of shopping time. A more regular service along this corridor is provided by More X1/X2. Here's the X37's route:

The X38 (timetable here) runs between Ringwood and Castlepoint, but you only have 2 hours to get your shopping done. If you miss the bus back or just fancy making this trip on non-college days, then you'll need to get Yellow B3, R3, R4, R5 or More 15 to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and then More X3 or X6 to Ringwood. Here's the X38's route:


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Bournemouth & Poole changes from this Sunday


More and Unibus have a few changes happening in and around Bournemouth from this Sunday 17th September. Here they all are... as always you can click on the route number to see the new timetable:


M1/M2 Poole-Castlepoint/Southbourne Minor timetable changes on Mon-Sat evenings

X1/X2 Bournemouth-Lymington New earlier X1 journey from and later journey to Bournemouth

X6 Poole-Ringwood-Bournemouth Minor timetable changes

10 Poole-Lytchett Matravers Terminus loop in Lytchett Matravers reversed

38 Ringwood-Ferndown Operating hours cut back to between the peaks only

Breezer 40 Poole-Swanage Minor timetable changes

Breezer 50 Bournemouth-Swanage Minor timetable changes

Breezer 60 Poole-Sandbanks Minor timetable changes

Ringo 1/2 Ringwood Local Service Two additional weekday afternoon journeys, but the current last journeys won't run on schooldays

U1 Bournemouth University-Station Minor changes

U2 Bournemouth University-Poole Minor changes

U3 Bournemouth University-Southbourne Minor changes

U5 Bournemouth University-Lansdowne New route


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Official: Adanac Park cut off / Other First changes

Following yesterday's post, First have announced their full changes for 29th October, which they had probably planned to announce much later on had it not been for this blog.


First City Red 10 is being incorporated into the 2, which will run cross-city between Millbrook and Thornhill, just like Bluestar 18. This is a bizarre choice as it throws away the advantage that traffic in Shirley doesn't affect the 10 and traffic in Bitterne doesn't affect the 2, which both affect the full route of the 18.

First 1 is indeed being withdrawn, which cuts off public transport to the Ordnance Survey's headquarters at Adanac Park. It also ends public transport in the heart of Coxford, away from the main roads. Here's a map of First's current routes in that area so you can get an idea of the gaps that will be left when the 1 goes:
Here's how Bluestar serve the same area. The dark blue line is Bluestar 4, which will now be by far the quickest route from Lordshill and Maybush to the City Centre:

The ludicrous decision to reverse the 7's terminus loop in Midanbury and Townhill Park back in February is being reversed. I bet none of you saw that coming!

In better news, the 9 gets a Sunday service. The 6 is diverted due to traffic congestion at Ocean Village. There are minor timetable changes to the three and 11.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

First falters in Southampton?



First have registered that they will stop running routes 1 (City Centre-Shirley-Maybush-Coxford-Lordshill-Adanac Park) and 10 (City Centre-Bitterne-Thornhill) in Southampton as of 29th October. There could be an as yet unannounced and unregistered replacement, but if not then the 1 is almost certainly surrendering to competition from Bluestar 17. The 10, which was launched as a head-on competitor to Bluestar 18, if it disappears will leave just the three from First serving Thornhill alongside the omnipresent Bluestar 18.

More as we get it.

In other news, we have new timetables on the following routes from next week. Click the route number to see the new timetable:

Bluestar 2 Southampton-Fair Oak From Tuesday 12th September an additional schoolday journey will run at 0745 from Southampton to Eastleigh.

Bluestar 5 Romsey-Boyatt Wood From Monday 11th September, there are a couple of minor timing changes to early evening services, plus a route change to the weekday 1709 journey from Templars Way to Eastleigh, which will now run via Derby Road instead of Chestnut Avenue.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Bournemouth, Poole & Salisbury changes from 3rd September

There are many changes across our region happening on 3rd and 4th September. Click here for those in Fareham and here for Southampton, Eastleigh & Winchester.



Here's what's changing across Bournemouth, Poole & Salisbury on Yellow Buses, More, First Dorset & Salisbury Reds. Click on the route name/number for the new timetables:

Yellow B2 Bournemouth-West Moors: Extends beyond Bearwood to West Moors, largely replacing the B4.

Yellow B4 Bournemouth-West Moors: No longer runs to Ringwood. Cut back to be a peak-hour service only.

Yellow C1 Alum Chine-Castlepoint: Reverts to winter timetable.

Yellow P3 Bournemouth-Somerford: Minor timetable changes.

Yellow P4 Westbourne-Southbourne: Minor timetable changes.

Yellow R1/R2 Poole-Bournemouth Hospital: Minor timetable changes.

Yellow R4/R5/R6 Bournemouth Hospital-Kinson/Christchurch: The R4 is split into three routes... The R4 and R5 will run from the hospital to Kinson, R4 via Columbia Road & West Howe, R5 via Leybourne Avenue & East Howe Lane. R6 will run between the hospital and Christchurch. The section of route between Christchurch and Somerford via Mudeford is withdrawn. Mudeford is still served by More X1/X2. See a map of the new routes here.

Yellow U5 University-Lansdowne: Service withdrawn.

Yellow U6 Bournemouth-Bearwood: Extra journeys to replace the withdrawn U7.

Yellow U7 Bournemouth-Bearwood: Withdrawn and replaced by extra journeys on the U6.

First Dorset X54 Poole-Weymouth: Minor timetable changes.

More X1 Bournemouth-Lymington: Minor timetable changes.

Salisbury Reds X7 Southampton-Salisbury: The 1645 journey from Salisbury will revert to terminating at West Wellow instead of continuing to Southampton. Please note that the last bus from Paultons Park back to Southampton will now be at 1628 instead of 1745.

Salisbury Reds 66 Salisbury-Idmiston: Minor changes.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Winchester, Eastleigh & Southampton changes from 3rd September



Here's a summary of the changes we know about to bus services in Southampton, Eastleigh and Winchester taking place over the weekend of 3rd September. We have changes on Stagecoach, Bluestar, Xelabus and Wheelers. Click the route numbers below to see the new timetables:


Stagecoach 7 Winchester-Sparsholt: The peak hour extension to Kings Somborne is withdrawn but one journey per weekday will run to and from Salisbury.

Stagecoach 46 Winchester-North Baddesley: College journeys are cut meaning that only 3 or 4 journeys will run on weekdays only.

Stagecoach 64 Winchester-Alton: Minor changes.

Stagecoach 66 Winchester-Romsey: Minor changes.

Xelabus X4 Eastleigh-Hedge End: Minor changes and Sunday service introduced.

Xelabus X6/X7 Eastleigh-Hiltingbury: Sunday service cut back to run between Eastleigh & Velmore only. Other minor changes.

Xelabus X8 Eastleigh-Boyatt Wood: Sunday service replaced by new journeys on route X9.

Xelabus X9 Eastleigh-Bishops Waltham: Sunday service introduced between Eastleigh and Colden Common. Other minor changes.

Xelabus X10 Southampton-Bishops Waltham: Minor changes.

Xelabus X11 Southampton-Lordshill North: Minor changes. New timetable not yet available.

Xelabus X15 Eastleigh-Hamble: Minor changes.

Bluestar 6 Southampton-Lymington: Minor changes to running times.

Wheelers W1 Southampton-Romsey: Curtailed to run between Southampton and Romsey on weekdays only. Abbotswood section and Saturday services withdrawn.

Salisbury Reds X7 Southampton-Salisbury: The 1645 journey from Salisbury will revert to terminating at West Wellow instead of continuing to Southampton. Please note that the last bus from Paultons Park back to Southampton will now be at 1628 instead of 1745.


We'll have another post explaining what's happening over in Bournemouth and Salisbury on that same weekend. There are also more changes happening later in September, which we will cover in due course.

Don't forget your at-a-glance guide to all upcoming changes here.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Changes in Fareham from 3rd September


First Solent have announced some changes to services from 3rd September.

The biggest change is a slight frequency cut to the Eclipse E1/E2 services between Fareham and Gosport. The combined frequency will be every 6 mins Mon-Sat daytimes. See the new timetable here.

The 28/28A between Fareham and Whiteley also have a new timetable, plus a route change. They will no longer serve Parkway and Solent Business Park, with the nearest stops being on Whiteley Way.

A slight change also to the 7A schools service in Portsmouth.


There are many services changing in our region on the same weekend, which we will cover in subsequent posts. You can always see an at-a-glance summary of all upcoming changes here.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Changes this weekend 22nd/23rd July

Several changes across the region this weekend. Click the route numbers for timetables. Here are the full details:


Starting in Bournemouth and Poole with changes on More, and Yellow Buses:


  • More 60 Poole-Sandbanks - Seasonal frequency increase to half-hourly every day from 22nd July until 2nd September
  • More 70 Poole-Bournmouth - Seasonal service runs daily from 22nd July until 2nd September
  • More 99 Beach Bus Hythe-Lymington - Seasonal service runs daily from 23rd July until 2nd September
  • Yellow C1 Alum Chine-Castlepoint - Frequency increase and open top buses on some journeys
  • Yellow P4 Westbourne-Southbourne - New weekday-only route designed to attack More M2's recent extension
  • Yellow R1-R3 Royal Line - Minor changes plus open top buses on R2 between Bournemouth and Poole
  • Yellow V1-V4 Village Line - V3 and V4 withdrawn. Replaced by additional journeys on V1 and V2. Combined daytime frequency down from 8 buses an hour to 6
  • Southbourne S1/S2 in Ringwood had been scheduled to end on 4th August, but the services have already ended, in breach of the statutory 56 days notice of any changes that operators have to give to the DVSA



In Salisbury, the 20 to Blandford, currently run by Dorset County Council, transfers to Damory from Monday.
Salisbury Reds X7 has some minor changes including an additional afternoon journey towards Southampton via Paulton's Park



Winchester has several new timetables on Stagecoach as covered in our previous post.



Changes also to most Stagecoach routes in Portsmouth & Havant as previously covered here.


Big changes in most parts of our region from September - see a summary here.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Winchester Bus Station closes... for now


Winchester's bus station is being done up, so from today all buses in the city will run from temporary stops on Broadway:


Find more details on the City Council's website.

For live departure times from the temporary stops, click the stop number:
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10



While we're in Winchester, it's worth mentioning that Stagecoach have new timetables on routes 1, 3, 5, 66 and The Spring from 23rd July. Click here for the timetables.

Staying with Stagecoach and they have changes in Portsmouth & Havant from the same date on routes 20, 21, 23, 37 and 39. Full details and timetables here.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Ageas Bowl event buses to Parkway Station

Between Monday 17th July and Friday 18th August, when there are events on at the Ageas Bowl in West End, First will be running free buses between the venue and Southampton Airport Parkway Station as new route 14.


If you think this route might be of use to you, don't look for it on First's website...


The timetable can however be found on Traveline, but bear in mind that it only runs on certain days and the times are different for each day that it does run. If in doubt, use Traveline's journey planner.

To travel along that route during civilised hours, use Xelabus X4.

See all routes serving West End here.



Monday, 26 June 2017

Southbourne surrenders... and other stories

We did have a timetable change pencilled in for Yellow R1 (Poole to Bournemouth Hospital) from 21st June, but it looks like that was a false alarm. Yellow Buses do have a few changes however from 23rd July. Full details here. There will be new timetables on routes C1, R1/R2/R3, V1/V2, new route P4 with routes V3/V4 being withdrawn. Click the route numbers for the new timetables.


It's a late start for the New Forest Tour this year, which doesn't launch until 8th July.


Due to roadworks in Salisbury there will be temporary timetables on Salisbury Reds routes X7, X7R and PR15 for several weeks. Full details here.


Southbourne Buses launch their open top route, the S12 between Bournemouth Pier and Hengistbury Head from 1st July. Timetable here.


They're joined on 30th July and 13th August only by an almost identical S12 route operated by Bear Cross Bus. Timetable here.


Back to Southbourne Buses though, and their existing routes S1 and S2 in Ringwood, which have been involved in a rather farcical kerfuffle with More's Ringo services. Southbourne have given up and will pull the plug on Ringwood from 4th August.


23rd July sees timetable changes on Stagecoach in Winchester, Portsmouth and Havant. Routes affected are the 1, 3, 5, Activ8, 20, 21, 23, 37, 39, 66 and Spring. Click the route numbers/names to see the new timetables.