Thursday, 25 February 2016

Changes this weekend / Xelabus to take Bitterne Hoppa / X12 slashed

More changes coming up this weekend:

  • Xelabus X4 Eastleigh-Hedge End: Saturday frequency halved to every 2 hours. Timetable here.
  • Bluestar 4 Southampton-Romsey: Minor timetable change from Monday. Timetable here.
  • Bluestar 17 City Centre-Lordshill: Frequency increase from Sunday. Timetable here.

Don't forget First brought in new timetables last weekend on the following routes. Click the route number to see the new timetable:
  • three Lordshill-Thornhill
  • 8 Southampton-Hedge End
  • 10 City Centre-Hightown
  • E1/E2 Eastleigh-Winchester

Xelabus have announced some upcoming changes exclusively on this blog (see the comments on the previous post). They are:

  • B1/B2/B3 Bitterne Hoppa: From 30th March these routes transfer from First to Xelabus and are cut from 5 to 3 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri), with a slight frequency cut too. Click the route numbers for the new timetables. The routes are being amended too, so here's how they will be running:




  • X1/X2/X3 Eastleigh Local Services: Cut to 2 days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5th April.
  • X9 Eastleigh-Bishops Waltham: Minor timetable change from 29th March.
  • X10 Southampton-Bishops Waltham: Minor timetable change from 29th March.
  • X12 City Centre-Shirley: Cut to 2 days a week, Tues/Thurs, and a frequency cut from 29th March.


  1. The new 13 Timetable is now on Traveline

  2. Can any person see the point of Bitterne Hoppa 3-In fact the only route in the Hoppa series that has ever really carried anyone is the one via Middle Road and North East Road as most other roads are covered by conventional services already running, and for the roads that arn't,it's just a short walk to a reasonabaly frequent conventional route.

    1. Good Afternoon

      Southampton City Council request from one of their elected members that the Hoppa 3 would provide a service to and from the surgery in Thornhill Park Road from Hightown and Sholing.

      Customer Services
      Xelabus Limited

  3. Slight improvement on First 13 from April,but still poor frequency weekday afternoons and Saturdays,plus still no eve and Sun service!

    1. What will be more interesting will be when First decide to inform the residents of Harefield and Peartree, the reason why the daytime frequency between 0900 and about 1400 hours Mondays to Fridays is being increased.I wonder what cock and bull story they will come up with.

    2. It's probably using the bus off the Bitterne Hoppa. It's what the residents of Harefield have been asking for, so why slag First off for being pro-active in trying to generate more demand.

      Unlike Bluestar who just carry on running the 18 to an impossible timetable........

    3. So in your remarks are you implying that Harefield or Peartree would not have had the serviced improved if they had retained the Hoppa contract.It's indeed as you state what Harefield residents wanted but after informing all at the last change it was not commercially viable for a better frequency it would seem to be possible with the lose of the Hoppa to be able too, if that's the reason they will be putting use to the bus currently on the Hoppa.As stated I'm sure they will come up with some cock and bull story.The word commercially viable it would seem only applies to First when it suits them

    4. BS18 has already been given more time,especially in the early eve,which sees the service waiting a while in town,in both directions.

  4. First have released details of the 13 change on their website.

  5. How strange it is that after all the years the Bitterne Hoppa has operated,that under a change of operators the B1 route more or lass becomes a B2, and that the B2 route becomes a B1.It's noted however that the B prefixes have been dropped.