Sunday, 11 June 2017

Warsash, Stonehenge & Southbourne

First W2, the Saturday-only shopper service between Warsash and Whiteley got a new timetable yesterday together with a route change to serve more of Warsash. See the new timetable here. The route around Locks Heath differs depending on which direction the bus is travelling in. To make sense of it all, here's the full list of stops served:



Salisbury Reds have revealed their plans to get people to and from Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. Full details here.


Over in Bournemouth, with More M2's recent extension to Southbourne Crossroads, Yellow P3 is clearly feeling the pressure. It will be suppemented from 23rd July by a new route, the P4 which will run every 20 mins weekday daytimes between Southbourne Crossroads and Westbourne. See the timetable here.



Friday, 2 June 2017

Bluestar 2 half-hourly on Sundays / New timetables


There are changes to Bluestar routes 1, 2, 5, 7, 11, 12 and 18 from Sunday. See the full details here.

The main change is a doubling of the Sunday daytime frequency on the 2 to every half an hour.

Here are your links to the new timetables:

1
2
5
7
11
12
18

Saturday, 27 May 2017

New timetables on most More routes from Sunday


From Sunday 28th May, there are new timetables on most routes operated by More. See the full details and timetables on More's website here. See their new network map here.

The main changes are:


The M2 is extended further into Southbourne. Its terminus stop will now be Southbourne Crossroads.

The 128 is withdrawn and partially replaced by a change to route 10.


Don't forget that all upcoming bus changes across our region are listed as soon as we hear about them on this page.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ruckus in Ringwood


A bus war is brewing in Ringwood of all places. It's all about the local town routes, the incumbent versions of which are More's Ringo 1 and 2:


As you can see, they are a part-time between-the-peaks service running roughly between 0900 and 1530 Mon-Sats. For most of their operating hours, buses leave Meeting House Lane (Ringwood's interchange) at 25 and 55 minutes past each hour, with one journey each hour on each of these two clockwise circular routes:

Ringo 1

Ringo 2 until 27th May

As they are operated by More, daily and season tickets can also be used to connect at Meeting House Lane to and from More's other services in the town, the X3 to Salisbury or Bournemouth, the X6 to Poole or Bournemouth and the 38 to Ferndown as well as the three-days-a-week 125 to Christchurch.

So far so good. Enter Southbourne Buses from 24th April, with their S1 and S2 routes, looking remarkably similar to Ringo:

S1

S2

Some very minor differences, mainly that Lidl is served. How about the timetable?:

until 4th June

Slightly longer operating times, with buses on the road between 0820 and 1732, but look at the departure times from Meeting House Lane during the day - 20 and 50 past the hour, a strategic 5 minutes in front of More's Ringo. One guesses that most of this route's passengers will have pensioners' freebee passes and therefore no loyalty to either company, so they will simply get on whichever bus arrives first.

More aren't taking this lying down, with a new timetable from 28th May,


Ringo 2 will now also serve Lidl, but more important are the departure times from Meeting House Lane: 15 and 45 past each hour during the day, now 5 minutes in front of Southbourne Buses.

Cue a new timetable from Southbourne, due to start on 5th June:


... now to depart at 12 and 42 past each hour, 3 minutes in front of Ringo.

How long are both parties going to keep this game of leapfrog up? Will the passengers get fed up of constant arbitrary timetable changes? Will anyone ever see fit to provide a bus after 1715 on this route?

While Southbourne are to be commended for extending the operating hours on weekdays, they don't provide a Saturday service, while More do. Farepaying passengers will tend to prefer More because of the connections that can be made with integrated ticketing to other More routes. Southbourne is therefore reliant on pensioners and the ever-dwindling amounts that councils will pay bus operators for carrying them. I'll be very surprised if the S1/S2 are still going at Christmas.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Roadworks and events

Our page of changes lists all upcoming changes to timetables, some of them more minor than others. A few minor ones are coming up...


From 2nd May, More M1, M2 and 15 are showing new timetables on Traveline, but not on More's own website. The reason? It's a temporary route change due to roadworks. Traveline automatically publishes new timetables, while the operator doesn't see the point and just notifies of the temporary change.

Unibus U4 is also affected.


Over in Southampton, what had been listed with the authorities as a change to First 8 is actually notification of extra evening journeys over the summer on nights when there are events at the Ageas Bowl. These journeys are all numbered 8A, to differentiate them from the usual 8 journeys. The first day of operation is this Wednesday 3rd May when Hampshire play Middlesex in the cricket one-day cup. On this day, the additional service will depart from Ageas Bowl at 2145 towards Southampton City Centre.


More roadworks-induced changes happen on First D1/D2 from Friday 5th May in Hambledon.

Then on 14th May or thereabouts (and subject to change) it is expected that the Hard Interchange in Portsmouth will re-open, which has triggered new Traveline timetables for those routes that serve it. There are no actual changes to the timetables however.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Recent and approaching changes

I've been busy moving house so haven't been able to post as often as I'd have liked. As such, this post is a 'limited stop' version.

Starting with changes that have already taken effect:

  • First M1 is up and running for the summer between Eastleigh and Marwell Zoo with selected journeys from and to Southampton.
  • First 10 and 11 in Fareham got a new timetable on 9th April.
  • First 19/19A in Portsmouth have been withdrawn, running for the last time on 21st April.
  • Southbourne S1/S2 have launched with two local routes in Ringwood from this Monday just gone, 24th April.


Coming up in the next few days:



There are more changes on the way across the region after that. See a summary on this page. See the new timetables on the operators' websites or at Traveline.

Friday, 24 March 2017

So long to Sundays in Swindon


This coming Sunday, 26th March, is your last chance to travel between Salisbury and Swindon by bus on a Sunday. It's the last day of Stagecoach 5, which is being withdrawn due to a subsidy cut by Wiltshire Council, wielding the axe that's been devolved to them by central government. Parts of the route will remain covered on Sundays by other services, such as Salisbury Reds X4, which runs from Salisbury as far as Durrington and Larkhill. On Mondays to Saturdays, you can continue to travel through to Swindon on Salisbury Reds X5.


In other news, almost all of our region's bus services will be running a Sunday service on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, but a notable exception is Bluestar, who will be providing a Saturday service on most routes on Good Friday. All Bluestar routes with the exception of the 6, 35, 36 and 39 will have a Saturday service. Unilink U1N will also run, although Unilink's daytime service will be on the Sunday timetable, as will Bluestar 6, with no service on the 35, 36 or 39.


In Bournemouth and Poole, More will also be providing a Saturday service on most routes on Good Friday. The exceptions are as follows:
  • A Sunday service running on routes 152, X1, X2, X8 and Bluestar 6
  • No services running on local routes 7a, 7b, 7c, 10, 24, 32, 38, 112, 128, Route One & Ringo

It'll be a Sunday service all round on Easter Monday.

It's Mothers' Day this Sunday and Go South Coast are celebrating by letting mums travel for free across all of their brands. Mums must however be accompanied by a paying child using a Dayrider ticket in order to qualify. The offer is valid on Bluestar, More and Salisbury Reds.


It's 30 years since Solent Blue Line launched in Southampton, so its modern day version, Bluestar, is holding a celebration at the Bargate on Sunday 4th June.


Stagecoach have announced some minor timetable changes to routes 69, 85 and 86 in Winchester from 30th April. Some schools and colleges routes are also affected.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Boorley Park bus starts Monday

New homes are being built just north of Boorley Green:

July 2016

The new development is by the roundabout just north of Braxells Farm.

Some are already completed, so from Monday Xelabus launch a new route, the X5, which will connect the new development with Hedge End Railway Station.


The new development is right next to the Braxells Farm bus stop. Initially, it will only run at peak hours:


It enables residents of the new homes to catch the bus to Hedge End Station in time for these trains. You can also connect there for First 8 and Xelabus X9.

Just down the road from the development at the Pear Tree pub is where Bluestar 3 terminates.

The stops at Braxells Farm are also served between the peaks by Xelabus X15, which has a new timetable (with only minor timing changes) from Monday: