Monday, 29 July 2013

Xelabus X7 changes from today

Xelabus X7 has a couple of timetable changes from today.

  • The 0745 from Eastleigh to Chandlers Ford will now also run on Saturdays.
  • The 0915 and 1615 services from Eastleigh to Chandlers Ford are withdrawn.
  • The 0940 M-S,1540 weekday and 1640 M-S services from Chandlers Ford to Eastleigh are withdrawn.
  • The 1810 service from Chandlers Ford to Eastleigh will now also run on Saturdays.

Here's the full new X7 timetable:

See the full timetables for all of Xelabus's Eastleigh routes here.

Please watch out for diversions to Bluestar 8 in Totton and Bluestar 3 in Botley. Also diversions coming up soon in Totton (again), Bishopstoke and Hounsdown.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Beach Bus / First family offer

More areas of our region are easier to get to as of this Saturday, when More 112 rebrands as the Beach Bus and runs daily until 1st September. The route is revised to serve Lepe Beach, Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu National Motor Museum, as well as providing a more frequent than usual link between Hythe and Lymington. Day tickets for the 112 only are available for £5. Or for £8, you can use a Bluestar Network Dayrider on the 112 and connect from/to routes 8 or 9 at Hythe and/or the 6 at Lymington. Full details here and here.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum - served by More 112, the Beach Bus

First have a special offer over the summer. Their FirstDay Hampshire Family ticket is cut in price to £10 until 7th September. It's valid for a whole day on all their buses in Hampshire for up to 5 people (maximum 2 adults). Ideal for a day out in Portsmouth on the X4.

A cycling event (whose sponsor hasn't paid me so won't get a mention here) will close several roads in the city centre on Sunday. Bluestar have given vague details about their diversions - good luck to you if you can make head or tail of them. Give them credit though as no other bus operator has even mentioned the event on their website.

I was in Stratford-upon-Avon the other day, which is apt as Shakespeare Road in Boyatt Wood is closing for 4 weeks from today, meaning diversions for Bluestar E1/E2 via Woodside Avenue, Leigh Road and Romsey Road. Xelabus X2 and X4 will also need to divert, but not necessarily the same way.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Marwell daily & Ringwood returns!

Don't forget that from Monday, you can get to and from Ringwood by bus again with the launch of Velvet 300. Timetable here.

Plus with the school holidays starting, Velvet M between Eastleigh and Marwell Zoo is now running every day until 1st September! Use Solent Travelcard if you need to use another company's buses, such as Bluestar 2 from Southampton, to get to Eastleigh.