Friday, 27 January 2017

First 1 & 7 rerouted from 26th Feb

First have revealed the details of changes to their Southampton routes from 26th February. See the details here.

There are generally minor timing changes affecting all routes other than the 8, but there are a couple of routing changes too:

The 1 (City Centre-Adanac Park) will use Olive Road instead of Aldermoor Avenue.

The 7 (City Centre-Townhill Park) will run the other way round the terminus loop in Midanbury and Townhill Park, which could backfire as those who forget to use the stops on the other side of the road can still get Bluestar 16 into town from the stops the 7 uses currently:

All of the new timetables are already on Traveline.

Further to the mention in the previous post about the Wiltshire Day Rover ticket, here's a summary of how you can get from Southampton to Oxford by bus for £8.50:
It's a long slog and not possible to get there and back same day from Southampton, but you could get the bus one way and then a cheap advance ticket on National Express, Megabus or Cross Country Trains to get back.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Salisbury changes and tickets

Saturday 4th February sees some changes to timetables and routes in and around Salisbury. Salisbury Reds have kindly provided a summary here.

New timetables are not yet on their website, nor are they on Traveline with less than two weeks to go. We do hope they will appear soon. now on both Salisbury Reds' and Traveline's websites.

Routes affected are PR7, PR9, PR15, X7, X7R, 2, 25, 26, 26A, 28, 37, 84, 87 and 88.

Staying in Salisbury, with Activ8, the route to Andover which is jointly operated by Salisbury Reds and Stagecoach. See the timetable here, but if you need to know which company runs which journey, use the timetable on Traveline. Why might you need to know that? Fares can differ between Salisbury Reds and Stagecoach. On Stagecoach you can look up any fare using their journey planner, while Salisbury Reds only list some sample single/return fares on their website.

For a single journey between Salisbury and Andover, Stagecoach charge £5.50, while Salisbury Reds are 10p cheaper. For a day return however, aim to get a Stagecoach bus as they charge £6.40, while Salisbury Reds want £7.50 for the return trip.

After 7pm, Stagecoach becomes even more of a bargain with a flat fare of £2.50 called NightRider Gold. Until now, it's only been valid on Stagecoach journeys, but Salisbury Reds now not only accept the ticket, but they will sell it too. They claim to be selling it for £2, but I think they're just not aware of the most recent price rise at Stagecoach - still great value nonetheless.

Another ticket you might not know about is the multi-operator Wiltshire Day Rover at £8.50. It's valid on all buses in Wiltshire, regardless of operator, plus on selected routes out of the county including Salisbury Reds X7/X7R all the way to Southampton, First 265 to Bath and routes to Swindon, Cirencester and Oxford. On Activ8 it's only valid between Salisbury and Faberstown near Ludgershall, but it still opens up some really good value days out.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Yellow revamp on Sunday / Bluestar fares up / Hedge End diversion

It's all change on Yellow Buses from Sunday as Bournemouth sees the biggest shake up of bus services in years. Most route numbers are changing and all routes get new timetables. See full details here. If it's all too confusing, More routes are staying the same.

In other new, some Bluestar fares go up from 22nd January. Full details here. One fare is coming down though - the 30 day Southampton zone ticket drops from £55 to £44. Fare payers outside the city could be forgiven for thinking they're subsidising an urban price war with First.

EDIT: From the same date, some More fares will also rise. Details here. There is one reduction: the 30 day zone A ticket drops from £68 to £60. Two new tickets become available exclusively on the More mobile app: a 3 day zone A ticket for £8 and a 30 day ticket for routes M1/M2 only for £40. See their zone map here. Some Salisbury Reds fares will also rise. Stagecoach are also putting some fares up - see their new day and weekly ticket prices here.

Bursledon Road in Hedge End is closed for water works from tomorrow. The closure, affecting Bluestar 3 and Xelabus X4, is shown by the blue cross on the map above. Both routes will divert via Freegrounds Avenue, Lower Saint Helens Road and Upper Saint Helens Road. The duration of the works is anyone's guess: Bluestar say it'll last until the end of January, while Xelabus have a little less faith in Southern Water and say it could take three months!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Changes this week... and from Sunday

It's all back to normal today, but two changes have come into effect:

Xelabus X11 is now Wheelers W2 (Southampton City Centre-Lordshill North) due to a change of contract by Southampton City Council. The route stays the same and the new timetable is here.

Salisbury Reds 44 (Salisbury-Woodfalls) has a new timetable with some minor changes.

First Portsmouth have a few changes from Sunday 8th January, the main one of which is the withdrawal of the X9 route. The section between Waterlooville and Hambledon is replaced by new routes D1 and D2, but the fast link to Portsmouth is gone. There are other changes to routes 2, 7C, 13 and 14. See their shiny new Portsmouth timetable book as a pdf here.

Here's how First's Waterlooville network looks from Sunday:

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Buses on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Here's how our region's buses are running on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January:

Sunday service on all operators, apart from:

First Southampton will be running a Sunday service on all routes, plus a special timetable on routes 9 and 13 (which don't normally have a Sunday service):

Salisbury Reds have a Public Holiday timetable on their Park & Ride routes, with a Sunday service on all other routes.

Yellow Buses will run a Saturday service on all routes.

Normal service resumes with all operators from Tuesday 3rd January. If you normally use Xelabus X11 (Southampton City Centre-Lordshill North), don't forget that from Tuesday it becomes Wheelers W2 with no changes to the route - timetable here.

See a summary of upcoming bus service changes across the region here.